Rockies Vs. Nationals: Colorado Ends 1st Half With 2-0 Loss To Washington

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Rockies Vs. Nationals Final Score: Washington Avoids Sweep, Jhoulys Chacin Throws Solid Start For Rockies

The first half of the Colorado Rockies' 2011 season came to an end on Sunday afternoon with a 2-0 loss to the Washington Nationals. The pitching on both sides was strong, but it was the Rockies' continued inability to come up with timely hitting that hurt the, once again.

Jhoulys Chacin (8-7, 3.16 ERA) was perfect for 3 2/3 innings before Ryan Zimmerman singled to left field, but nothing came of that. Chacin's real trouble came in the sixth inning when Ian Desmond reached on an infield single to start the inning. Desmond moved over to second on a sacrifice by starter Jordan Zimmermann. Roger Bernadina followed that up with an RBI single to left field. Chacin finished seven full innings and allowed that one run on four hits and a walk. He struck out four.

Rick Ankiel homered off Matt Reynolds in the eighth inning for an insurance run, but with the way Zimmermann and the bullpen were all day it didn't matter much. Zimmermann (6-7, 2.66 ERA0 threw 6 1/3 innings of scoreless ball, scattered four hits and struck out six. The Rockies had threats in the eighth and ninth innings when Ian Stewart (single, sacrificed over to second) and Seth Smith (double) each wound up in scoring position. However, Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen got out of their jams, respectively.

The Rockies and most of Major League Baseball take a break from the diamond for the next few days while the 2011 MLB All-Star Game takes place on Tuesday evening.

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Rockies Vs. Nationals: 1st Half Of Season Ends On Sunday

It's the final game of the first half of the regular season for the Colorado Rockies and it's coming none too soon. They recovered from a half week of hell that saw Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki each incur an injury and they were swept by the Atlanta Braves. A trip to Washington has helped alleviate the pain, and on Sunday afternoon the Rockies will look for the sweep.

The Rockies turn to Jhoulys Chacin (8-6, 3.28 ERA), the anchor of the rotation this season. After a stellar June was marred by a start in which he allowed six runs, Chacin didn't fare any better when July started. He allowed four runs in five innings and walked six (though he did strike out five, for what comfort that may be).

The Nationals will have Jordan Zimmermann (5-7, 2.82 ERA) on the mound Sunday afternoon in one of his few remaining starts this season. Zimmermann is back from Tommy John surgery and is already at 108.2 innings. He will be limited to 160 innings for the entire season and will pitch out of the fifth spot in the rotation after the All-Star Break. He enjoyed an outstanding June, going 3-1 in six starts with a 0.85 ERA (5 runs allowed in 42.1 IP) and 27 strikeouts. But July didn't start of too great. The Nats did beat the Cubs, 5-4, but he picked up the no-decision after allowing four runs in six innings.

First pitch is scheduled for 11:35 a.m. MT. Check out ROOT Sports and 850KOA for live coverage.

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Rockies Vs. Nationals Final Score: Todd Helton, Ubaldo Jimenez Deliver Colorado 2-1 Victory

The Colorado Rockies picked up another close win, 2-1, over the Washington Nationals, and it was with a 2010-like performance by Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound. Jimenez (4-8, 4.14 ERA) was perfect through the first 13 batters of the game before he allowed a Michael Morse single in the fifth. He then walked Jayson Werth to put a second man on, but Jesus Flores grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Jimenez allowed his only run in the sixth inning. Ian Desmond tripled to deep center field when Ryan Spilborghs slid for the ball, which he misjudged. Rick Ankiel pinch-hit for starter Jason Marquis and drove the run in on a ground out. But Jimenez would give up just that run on five hits, three of which never left the infield.

Huston Street ran into trouble in the ninth inning with allowing singles to Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse, but he got Jayson Werth to hit into a game-ending 6-4-3 double play.

Todd Helton moved up on some milestone lists in the game. He hit his 10th home run of the season, breaking the tie for 85th place with Ron Santo at 343 long balls. His double in the eighth inning has him alone in 25th with 544, ahead of Tony Gwynn. Add those two extra-base hits and he now has 922 career, good for sole possession of 53rd place, ahead of Harold Baines, Goose Goslin and Willie McCovey.

That homer came in the fourth inning. Helton added an RBI groundout in the fifth. Troy Tulowitzki went 1-for-3 with a walk in his return to the lineup.

The Rockies (43-47, 21-25 away) finish this series on Sunday afternoon with Jhoulys Chacin and Jordan Zimmermann on the mound.

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Rockies Vs. Nationals: Can Colorado Make It Two In A Row?

The Colorado Rockies shook off their bad experience with the Atlanta Braves and picked up a win in their first game with the Washington Nationals. It was a tight 3-2 victory on Friday night with a solid outing by Jason Hammel. The Rockies will turn to Ubaldo Jimenez on Saturday evening.

Jimenez (3-8, 4.39 ERA) is far from the pitcher he was at this point last year, but he's been improving since the start of June. On July 4, Jimenez did take his eighth loss of the season, but then his offense was only able to score one run in the 4-1 loss. He walked just one and struck out nine in 5.1 innings. What hurt him was his inability to limit his pitches each inning. He ran into 117 pitches with one out in the sixth inning. In Washington, Jimenez is 2-0 in two career starts and owns 1.17 ERA with in 15.1 innings. He went 7.1 innings in 2010 and shutout the Nationals over that span.

Here is what we said earlier about Marquis:

The Rockies are familiar with Jason Marquis (7-3, 4.11 ERA) because of his 2009 season in Colorado. He moved on as a free agent in 2010, but injury caused him to miss the Rockies series' as well as most of the season. He was roughed up even worse than Hammel was in his last start. Marquis allowed seven runs in 1.1 innings and saw the Pirates pick up a 10-2 victory.

First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. MT. Turn on either ROOT or 850KOA for coverage.

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Rockies Vs. Nationals: Colorado Follows Procedural Vote, Picks Up 3-2 Victory Over Washington

The Colorado Rockies escaped the morass they found themselves in during their Atlanta trip and escaped the usual roadblocks inside the beltway in Washington. The Rockies emerged with a 3-2 victory on Friday night.

After going down, 1-0, after the first inning, the Rockies struck in the fourth inning. Jonathan Herrera worked a walk and Todd Helton singled to give Ty Wigginton two base runners. Wigginton did single in Herrera for a run, but the ball hit off the face of Nationals starter John Lannan (5-6, 3.34 ERA), who was diagnosed with a nasal contusion. Ryan Mattheus entered the game, allowed the runners to move over on a Mark Ellis ground out, hesitated on the mound after that and balked in Todd Helton to give the Rockies the lead. Cole Garner then picked up his first major league hit, plating a run, but was tagged out at second while try to extend the play.

Wilson Ramos countered with a solo home run off Jason Hammel (5-8, 4.23 ERA0  in the bottom of the fourth inning, but that was the last tun he allowed. Other than that and the Michael Morse sac fly in the first, Hammel did a great job through 6.1 innings. The sac fly is notable because it came when the bases were loaded. Hammel struck out Jayson Werth and got Rick Ankiel to pop out to end the inning.

After Matt Reynolds and Matt Belisle bridged the gap to Huston Street, the closer got a strike 'em out, throw 'em out and a strikeout to pick up his 25th save.

Carlos Gonzalez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his return to the lineup. Ian Stewart went hitless in three at-bats.

The Rockies (42-47, 20-25 away) continue this series on Saturday evening at 5:05 p.m. MT. Ubaldo Jimenez and Jason Marquis are the scheduled starters.

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Carlos Gonzalez Returns To Lineup, Cole Garner Starts And John Lannan Takes Mound For Nats

While Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki sits out another game, outfielder Carlos Gonzalez returns to lineup since injuring his wrist on Sunday. Gonzalez will bat leadoff for the team on Friday night. While Gonzalez was able to avoid the disabled list, Charlie Blackmon landed on it with a broken foot Thursday. Cole Garner, who had been sent back to Colorado Springs a few days earlier, returned to the team and will hit sixth, right in front of high school teammate Ian Stewart.

Though Jason Marquis was originally scheduled to start for the Nationals, John Lannan (5-5, 3.50 ERA) will take the mound instead. He allowed three runs in six innings during his last start. He is 0-1 in four career starts against the Rockies, holding a 7.48 ERA. He's walked 11 batters in 21.2 career innings.

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Rockies Vs. Nationals: Colorado Out To Filibuster Washington

Losers of five straight, the Colorado Rockies go to Washington, D.C. for a three-game series with the Washington Nationals to close out the first half of the season. Unlike Mr. Smith, the Rockies come to Washington with a 15-6 record against the Nationals in D.C. Can they continue to filibuster the Nats in their home territory (not like those filibusters in the Senate--old-time filibusters when guys led expeditions to Central America in attempts to establish little empires there and eventually add the territory to the United States).

Friday night will be a contest of the Jasons with Hammel and Marquis on the mound. Hammel (4-8, 4.31 ERA) is coming off a poor start against the Royals, having allowed six runs in 3.2 innings in the 16-8 loss. But in two career starts in Nationals Park Hammel is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA. He went seven innings in each start, and he could really use a deep start right now.

The Rockies are familiar with Jason Marquis (7-3, 4.11 ERA) because of his 2009 season in Colorado. He moved on as a free agent in 2010, but injury caused him to miss the Rockies as well as most of the season. He was roughed up even worse than Hammel was in his last start. Marquis allowed seven runs in 1.1 innings and saw the Pirates pick up a 10-2 victory.

Expected pitching matchups:

Friday
Jason Hammel vs. Jason Marquis, 5:05 p.m. MT, ROOT

Saturday
Ubaldo Jimenez vs. John Lannan, 5:05 p.m. MT, ROOT

Sunday:
Jhoulys Chacin vs. Ross Detwiler, 11:35 a.m. MT, ROOT

 

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