Aug 9, 2015, 11:57 AM EDT
Fresh off a dominant outing by Stephen Strasburg on Saturday, the Nationals will now send Max Scherzer (11-8, 2.31) to the mound looking to end this series against the Colorado Rockies and homestand on a high note.
The Nationals are 3-3 through six games at home over the past week. Up next after Sunday is their longest West Coast trip of the season, beginning with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Scherzer is making his 23rd start of the 2015 season. He helped the Nats beat the Diamondbacks with six innings of three-run ball in his last outing on Aug. 4.
Colorado will start lefty Yohan Flande (2-1, 3.54), who gave up two runs in five innings against the Cardinals in his last start.
Updates to come…
COLORADO ROCKIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183
Weather: Partly cloudy, 82 degrees, Wind 3 mph in from LF
3B Yunel Escobar
2B Anthony Rendon
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
CF Michael Taylor
RHP Max Scherzer
CF Charlie Blackmon
SS Jose Reyes
RF Carlos Gonzalez
3B Nolan Arenado
1B Ben Paulsen
C Michael McKenry
2B Daniel Descalso
LF Kyle Parker
LHP Yohan Flande
HP Alan Porter
1B Mark Ripperger
2B Jeff Kellogg (cc)
3B Brian O’Nora
1:50 p.m. — We are through one inning here on a beautiful afternoon in the District. The Nats, however, are already down 1-0 thanks to another home run by CarGo. He hit a solo homer to the Nats bullpen in right field, almost exactly where he put his grand slam on Friday night. Both homers smacked off the backwall of the bullpen and hit a metal screen. The sound could be heard from the pressbox on both of them. Arenado also singled, but Scherzer then got a quick third out. It’s 1-0 Rockies after one.
2:08 p.m. — Now the Nats are on top thanks to back-to-back solo homers by Zimmerman and Werth. It’s the first time this season the Nats have had back-to-back jacks. Zim smoked one to straightaway center. He now has RBI in seven consecutive games. Werth hit his to right-center field. It was his first homer since May 13. Scherzer cruised through the top of the inning and will now head out there for the third with three strikeouts and 25 pitches thrown.
2:29 p.m. — So, Zim is having a good day. He smashed another homer in the bottom of the third, his second of the day. That’s the 13th multi-homer game of his career and his first since Sept. 7, 2013. That put the Nationals up 3-1 after Scherzer escaped a jam in the top half of the frame. The Rockies got two men on with bunt singles and both were moved over on a sac bunt by Reyes. That brought up Gonzalez and Arenado, whom Scherzer both struck out on 97 and 98 mile per hour fastballs. It was a very impressive way to work out of a bad situation. On to the fourth.
2:43 p.m. — The fourth inning saw another home run, this time by Descalso of the Rockies. He put one over the fence in right-center field to make it 3-2 Nats. Scherzer has allowed eight home runs in his last seven games. On to the fifth we go.
3:00 p.m. — It’s still 3-2 after five innings, but the fifth did see Flande leave for the Rockies. Harper singled to center field with two outs and that brought Zimmerman up. Rockies manager Walt Weiss decided to call in right-hander Scott Oberg with Zim having already hit two homers on the day. The move paid off, as Zimmerman quickly grounded out to third base. The sixth inning is up next with Scherzer having thrown 60 pitches.
3:34 p.m. — Carlos Gonzales strikes yet again with his second home run of the game, which tied things up at three runs apiece. A few batters later, the Rockies took a 4-3 lead after an RBI single by Kyle Parker. But the Nats tied the game in the bottom half of the frame as Jayson Werth scored from third on a fielder’s choice. As the seventh inning begins, Scherzer’s day is done. His final line: 6 innings, 8 hits, 4 earned runs, 10 strikeouts and an intentional walk.
4:06 p.m. —Nothing doing in the seventh for either team, despite a close call. Anthony Rendon tried to score the go-ahead run on a Ryan Zimmerman double, but was thrown at the plate by — guess who — Carlos Gonzalez. It’s still 4-4 heading to the eighth.
4:33 p.m. — Drew Storen’s rough series continued in the eighth, as he allowed two runs to score on an RBI single by DJ LeMahieu to make it 6-4 Rockies. The Nats couldn’t answer, stranding a man in scoring position. Time’s running out for the home team.
5:02 p.m. — And that’s it. The Nats nearly staged a dramatic comeback in the ninth, but fall 6-4.
FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS
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