Nats score in eighth, send Rockies to another Sunday loss
The Colorado Rockies lost their 16th straight Sunday game, falling 3-2 to the Washington Nationals and splitting their four-game series.
Left fielder., who had done fine on routine plays, was finally exposed in the eighth inning when he had a more challenging chance. He froze momentarily on a drive hit by Danny Espinosa, went back and made a futile jump and the ball went over Young’s head for a leadoff double. Espinosa moved to third on Ryan Zimmerman’s grounder to shortstop, and after intentionally walked Michael Morse, Jayson Werth singled to score Espinosa.
allowed four hits and two runs in 6 2/3 innings and got 12 outs on ground balls. The runs came in the second when he walked Werth to lead off the inning, and Jonny Gomes followed with a two-run homer. Cook left trailing 2-0, but the Rockies scored two runs in the seventh, one of them tainted, off John Lannan.
Pinch hitteropened the inning with a walk, and Young singled. After the runners moved up on ‘s sacrifice, Tyler Clippard relieved Lannan. Clippard got to hit a grounder to Michael Morse. He bobbled the ball and was charged with an error, because Clippard didn’t cover first in time. Herrera scored on that play, and after struck out, singled.
The Rockies got a runner on second with one out in the eighth against Todd Coffey, but Herrera flied to center and Young grounded to shortstop. Closer Drew Storen retired the side in order in the ninth for his 29th save.
_ The Rockies went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position. All of their nine hits were singles. Last Sunday, when the Rockies lost 8-3 at San Diego, they had 10 hits, all singles.
_ The Rockies went 2-5 on their homestand against the Phillies and Nationals. The Rockies are 16-20 in one-run games and 5-9 at home where their overall record is 28-31. The Rockies are 0-51 when trailing after eight complete innings and 0-25 at home.
_ made his Rockies debut in the ninth. He gave up a one-out single to Laynce Nix but got Rick Ankiel to ground out and struck out Espinosa.
_ relieved Cook with a runner on third and struck out Rick Ankiel to end the seventh. Reynolds has inherited 40 runners this season and allowed just five to score. He has stranded the past 10 runners he has inherited.