WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 08: Tyler Colvin #21 celebrates with Jeremy Guthrie #15 of the Colorado Rockies after scoring a run against Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on July 8, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Rockies Vs. Nationals: Colorado Ends 1st Half With 4-3 Victory

The Colorado Rockies took two of three from the Washington Nationals as they head into the All-Star break.

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Rockies Vs. Nationals Final Score: Colorado Pulls Out 4-3 Victory

The Colorado Rockies pulled off a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday afternoon after scoring three runs over the final two frames at Nationals Park. Trailing 3-1 entering the eighth inning, the Rockies took advantage of a pair of pitching miscues to stun the crowd in D.C.

With Sean Burnett relieving Jordan Zimmermann in the eighth, the Rockies immediately began their comeback with a leadoff solo home run from Eric Young Jr. Burnett then proceeded to give up a pair of singles before being pulled in favor of Mike Gonzalez. Gonzalez blew the lead on a wild pitch before striking out three straight batters to end the inning.

Wild pitches would only prove to be more costly for Washington in the ninth inning, when the Rockies scored the eventual game-winning run on a wild pitch from Tyler Clippard. The Nationals put two runners in scoring position with two outs in the bottom frame, but Rafael Betancourt finished off his 15th save of the season.

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Rockies Vs. Nationals Score Update: Washington Leads 2-1

The Colorado Rockies are trailing 2-1 to the Washington Nationals through six innings of play on Sunday afternoon as they look to take the rubber match of the three-game series. Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann had allowed just three hits so far but Jeremy Guthrie has pitched nearly as well in keeping the game close.

Making his second start since returning to the rotation, Guthrie has allowed just two runs on six hits over the first six frames. Both of the runs came on one key mistake, too, when All Star shortstop Ian Desmond smacked his 17th homer of the season to give the Nationals the lead.

In addition to his homer, Desmond has also reached on error and stolen a base. Rockies catcher Wil Nieves hit the sacrifice fly that initially gave Colorado the lead, but he's allowed three stolen bases already and the Nationals have only had seven base-runners.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Mets View Rockies' Ramon Hernandez As A Salary Dump

The New York Mets view Colorado Rockies catcher Ramon Hernandez as a salary dump and won't offer much in terms of talent, as Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. The Mets have been searching for a right-handed hitter that can tandem at catcher with lefty-swinging Josh Thole.

Sherman says that the Mets have Hernandez at the top of their wish list, but they won't give up much other than taking on the catcher's contract. Hernandez is currently in the first year of a two-year contract worth $6.4 million, so the deal would allow Colorado to dump millions even if they can't land a decent prospect.

The Rockies reportedly "really like" a pair of the Mets' minor leaguers, center fielder Matt Den Dekker and reliever Josh Edgin, but Sherman notes that both players could help the team somewhat soon and GM Sandy Alderson has stated an aversion to trading those kinds of players.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Rockies' Asking Price For Ramon Hernandez Is 'Still High' For Mets

The New York Mets have serious interest in Rockies catcher Ramon Hernandez, but Colorado's high asking price is too high for the team at the moment, as Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. Puma says that a deal isn't likely in the next two weeks given what a deal would take.

Hernandez, 36, hasn't played well this season, but the Mets are presumably looking at the larger track record. While he's hit just .215/.260/.398 in 101 plate appearances this season, Hernandez batted .290/.353/.437 in 680 plate appearances over the 2010-2011 seasons.

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Rockies Vs. Nationals: Colorado Looks To End 1st Half On Solid Note

The 2012 season wasn't supposed to go this way for the Colorado Rockies. They weren't supposed to be this ... bad. At 32-52, the Rockies are tied with the Chicago Cubs for the worst record in the major leagues. After defeating Stephen Strasburg on Friday, the Rockies' offense was stymied by Gio Gonzalez and the Washington bullpen.

Sunday offers one last chance for the Rockies to win before the All-Star break commences. Jeremy Guthrie (3-8, 6.28 ERA) has been much maligned for his performance this season, but after a two-week stint in the team's bullpen he returned to the rotation on July 4. He did take the loss in a 4-1 decision, but he allowed just two runs in six innings.

Jordan Zimmermann (5-6, 2.70 ERA) takes the Nationals in the All-Star break as a winner in his last two games and looking for a third straight victory. In Colorado on June 27, Zimmermann threw seven innings of one-run ball against the Rockies for his fourth win of the season. He then followed that up with two runs allowed against the San Francisco Giants in six innings. He struck out seven.

This game is scheduled for first pitch at 11:35 a.m. MT. ROOT Sports and 850 KOA have the broadcasts.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Mets Reportedly Interested In Rockies Catcher Ramon Hernandez

Barring a Rocktober to end all Rocktobers, the Colorado Rockies are almost certainly out of playoff contention in 2012. Thus, the second half of the season will likely be filled with rumored trades, as Colorado may look to flip some of its veteran pieces to contenders for young talent. One player who could be sent packing is catcher Ramon Hernandez, who could be of use to various contending teams and will likely cede much of his playing time to the young Wilin Rosario.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, one team that is already eyeing Hernandez is the New York Mets. Per Fangraphs' version of WAR, the Mets have had the fourth worst group of catchers in the National League, and Hernandez could certainly be an upgrade for them at that position. Sherman also notes that Hernandez was signed by current Mets GM Sandy Alderson as an amateur when the latter held the same position with the Oakland Athletics.

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Rockies Vs. Nationals: Errors, Cold Bats Send Colorado To 4-1 Loss

The Colorado Rockies failed to follow up on Friday night's victory against the Washington Nationals with another one on Saturday. They lost this afternoon contest, 4-1.

After four innings of play, the teams were tied at 1-1 due to an Ian Desmond home run in the second inning and a Jordan Pacheco sacrifice fly in the fourth. Then in the sixth inning, Ryan Zimmerman broke the tie with a single to deep center field to score Danny Espinosa and move Bryce Harper to third base. Harper then scored on a wild pitch by Josh Roenicke. Zimmerman advanced to second on the same play on Wilin Rosario's throwing error. Several batters later, Roenicke committed a throwing error, allowing Zimmerman to score.

Jeff Francis (2-2, 5.19 ERA) took the loss after allowing three runs in five-plus innings of work. Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez (12-3, 2.92 ERA) picked up the victory after throwing six innings of one-run ball. He struck out six and held the Rockies to three hits.

The Rockies (32-52) close out the first half of the season with a Sunday afternoon contest between Jeremy Guthrie and Jordan Zimmermann.

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Rockies Rotation 2012: Jim Tracy Announces Colorado's Post-Break Rotation

The Colorado Rockies are sticking with their four-man rotation, and manager Jim Tracy has now announced how it will unfold after the All-Star break.

The announcement comes as little surprise, as those have been Colorado's main starters for weeks now. As the calendar inches its way to August, though, there might be some changes. Juan Nicasio may possibly return from surgery, and the Rockies may decide to take a longer look at prospect Alex White.

Colorado may also be interested in trading either Jeff Francis or Jeremy Guthrie at the deadline to a team looking for a veteran starter, that is if either can rebuild their value in the second half.

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Rockies Vs. Nationals Lineups: Wilin Rosario Gets Start At Catcher For Colorado

The Colorado Rockies hung the loss on Washington Nationals star Stephen Strasburg on Friday night, and for Saturday afternoon's game, Colorado manager Jim Tracy has decided to stick with the same lineup. That is, with one small exception: Wilin Rosario gets the start behind the dish, where he'll be calling pitches for Rockies starter Jeff Francis.

Here are today's lineups for both teams:

Rockies

  1. Dexter Fowler, CF
  2. Marco Scutaro, 2B
  3. Carlos Gonzalez, LF
  4. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
  5. Tyler Colvin, RF
  6. Jordan Pacheco, 3B
  7. Wilin Rosario, C
  8. Jonathan Herrera, SS
  9. Jeff Francis, P

Nationals

  1. Danny Espinosa, 2B
  2. Bryce Harper, CF
  3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
  4. Michael Morse, RF
  5. Adam LaRoche, 1B
  6. Ian Desmond, SS
  7. Tyler Moore, LF
  8. Jesus Flores, C
  9. Gio Gonzalez, P

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Rockies Vs. Nationals: Colorado Looks To Stay Hot In Nation's Capital

The Colorado Rockies finished off Stephen Strasburg on Friday night in a 5-1 victory over the Washington Nationals and will look to do the same to Gio Gonzalez on Saturday afternoon. Taking a series victory on Saturday would certainly be a step in the right direction as the All-Star break hits.

Gonzalez (11-3, 3.01 ERA) did pick up a win against the Rockies two start ago, but he was helped out by his offense in that 12-5 victory. He allowed all five runs, including serving up two gopher balls, in six innings of work. The Atlanta Braves got to him for four runs in five innings in his last start, but, once again, had the help of his offense to pick up the 8-4 victory.

The Rockies turn to Jeff Francis (2-1, 5.16 ERA), who has been the team's best starter since the second half of June. He is 2-0 over his last two starts, having thrown 11 innings of two-run ball. The Rockies couldn't ask for a better member of the rotation to pitch them to a winning streak on Saturday.

This game is scheduled to begin at 2:05 p.m. MT and will be seen on ROOT Sports. Tune into 850 KOA if you'd prefer to listen to the radio broadcast.

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Rockies Vs. Nationals Final Score: Colorado Takes Game 1 In D.C., 5-1

The Colorado Rockies are one of the worst teams in the National League, but they've proven to be kryptonite for Washington Nationals star Stephen Strasburg so far in 2012. With their 5-1 win over Strasburg and the Nats on Friday night, the Rockies are now responsible for two of Strasburg's four losses on the season.

Much of the damage to Strasburg was done by Colorado's designated righty masher, Tyler Colvin. Colvin took Strasburg deep to right field in the second inning to put the Rockies up 1-0, and then hit his second homer on in the fourth to extend Colorado's lead to 3-0.

That would be more than enough run support for Colorado starter Drew Pomeranz, who allowed only a single hit over 6.1 innings while allowing no runs and striking out six. The Nats wouldn't score until the bottom of the ninth when Ryan Zimmerman homered off of Rex Brothers to bring the score to 5-1.

The two teams will be back on the field on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. MT.

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Juan Nicasio Injury Update: Rockies RHP Will Undergo Knee Surgery On July 16

The Colorado Rockies announced on Friday that right-handed starter Juan Nicasio is scheduled to have surgery on his left knee later this month. Nicasio, who has been on the DL for over a month, was recently scratched from a rehab start because of the knee issue.

Related: Rockies Vs. Nationals: Strasburg And Pomeranz Meet In Washington

Nicasio is 2-3 in 11 starts for the Rockies in 2012; in 58 innings of work, he has struck out 54 and walked 22. The timetable for his potential return from surgery is unknown at this point.

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Rockies Vs. Nationals Lineups: Todd Helton Sits Again, Tyler Colvin Hits No. 5

The Colorado Rockies (31-51) have lost five of their last six games, but they hope to reach the All-Star Break on high note, opening a series against the Washington Nationals (44-39) on Friday.

1B Todd Helton, struggling with a sore hip, will be in the dugout once again. 1B Tyler Colvin will take over at the first bag for him, sliding RF Michael Cuddyer to right. Colvin will hit No. 5 for the second-straight game. The 26-year-old outfielder has an impressive .301/.330/.608/ slash with 11 home runs through his first 188 PA this year.

Here's a look at the full lineups, courtesy of Baseball Press:

Rockies Lineup Nationals Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler (S) CF 1. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
2. Marco Scutaro (R) 2B 2. Bryce Harper (L) CF
3. Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF 3. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 3B
4. Michael Cuddyer (R) RF 4. Michael Morse (R) RF
5. Tyler Colvin (L) 1B 5. Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
6. Jordan Pacheco (R) 3B 6. Ian Desmond (R) SS
7. Wil Nieves (R) C 7. Tyler Moore (R) LF
8. Jonathan Herrera (S) SS 8. Jesus Flores (R) C
9. Drew Pomeranz (R) P 9. Stephen Strasburg (R) P

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Rockies Vs. Nationals: Strasburg And Pomeranz Meet In Washington

The Colorado Rockies finish the first half of the season with a three game series against the Washington Nationals.

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