The home run ball is plaguing Dan Haren this season. Before today's start he'd given up an NL-high 18 home runs in 78.2 IP. Five pitches into this afternoon's outing it was 19 HRs allowed in 79.0 IP after Colorado Rockies' second baseman DJ LeMahieu improved to 8 for 18 in his career vs the Washington Nationals with a one-out solo home run to left field, over a leaping Steve Lombardozzi and into the visitor's bullpen. 1-0 Rockies early. Carlos Gonzalez lined to left on a 1-2 splitter from Haren, then scored when Michael Cuddyer drove a 1-1 cutter through the left side of the infield. 2-0 Rockies. Haren = not sharp. 24-year-old, 2010 Rockies' 8th Round pick Corey Dickerson's first major league hit, in his first MLB at bat, was a two-out RBI double to center in Nationals Park that made it 3-0 after a half inning in the third game of three for Colorado in D.C.
Anthony Rendon doubled for the eighth time this season with one down in the Nationals' first, taking a 1-0 fastball from Jhoulys Chacin the other way and past a diving Dexter Fowler in right-center, but two outs later, the Nats' second baseman was stranded at second base when Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche flew out to end a 12-pitch inning by the Rockies' right-handed starter.
After a long, 26-pitch first, Dan Haren struck out two batters and retired the side in order on 11 pitches in the top of the second, looking like a completely different pitcher than the one who was on the mound in the first inning today. Roger Bernadina worked a seven-pitch, one-out walk out of Jhoulys Chacin in the Nationals' second, but two outs later he was stranded at first when Jhonatan Solano popped out to Nolan Arenado to end a 19-pitch inning by the Rockies' starter. 3-0 Colorado. 31 pitches overall for Chacin after two.
Dan Haren struck Michael Cuddyer out with an 89 mph full-count fastball to end a 13-pitch third inning at 50 pitches overall, having set down seven Rockies in-a-row after Corey Dickerson's two-out RBI double in the first. Four strikeouts from those seven for Haren, five Ks total through three. Denard Span took an 0-2 curve outside into right for a one-out bloop single with one down in the Nationals' half of the third. A wild pitch with Anthony Rendon up moved Span into scoring position at second, but Rendon lined to right and Ryan Zimmerman flew to center to end the bottom of the inning. Still 3-0 Rockies.
Wilin Rosario sent Dan Haren's 51st pitch of the game back up the middle for a leadoff single in the top of the fourth. Corey Dickerson took the 52nd pitch to right for his second double in two major league at bats, and two pitches into the fourth there were runners on second and third with no one out. Haren bounced an 0-1 curve off Jhonatan Solano for a wild pitch that allowed the Rockies' fourth run to score, 4-0. One out later, Haren hit Josh Rutledge, earning himself a visit from pitching coach Steve McCatty. Jhoulys Chacin squared to bunt until he got to two strikes, then hit a weak liner to right for an RBI single that made it 5-0 Rockies and ended Haren's day...
Dan Haren's Line: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 5 Ks, 1 HR, 63 P, 38 S, 2/2 GO/FO.
...Ross Ohlendorf took over on the mound with runners on first and second and one out in the Rockies' fourth. A 95 mph full-count fastball got Dexter Fowler swinging for out no.2, but DJ LeMahieu's single to center brought Josh Rutledge around to make it 6-0 Rockies after three and a half.
Jhoulys Chacin started the fourth at 51 pitches. Adam LaRoche lined the Rockies' starter's 53rd pitch to right field for a leadoff single, but Ian Desmond popped up to third on a 2-0 two-seamer from Chacin and Roger Bernadina grounded into a 3-6-3 inning-ending DP. 6-0 Rockies after four.
Ross Ohlendorf retired the side in order in a 14-pitch top of the fifth. After an eight-pitch fourth, Jhoulys Chacin retired the Nats' 7-8-9 hitters in an 11-pitch, 1-2-3 bottom of the fifth that had him at 70 pitches total after five scoreless in Nationals Park. A 2-2 change from Ross Ohlendorf got Nolan Arenado swinging for the first out of the sixth. Josh Rutledge fought off a 94 mph 1-1 fastball and singled to center with one down, but he was doubled up on a 4-3 DP when Jhoulys Chacin lined out to second and Anthony Rendon made a snap-throw to first. 6-0 Rockies after five and a half.
Denard Span raced down to first to beat out a grounder to the right side in spite of a diving attempt at a play by DJ LeMahieu, but Span was erased from the basepaths on a 6-4-3 off Anthony Rendon's bat and a swinging K by Ryan Zimmerman ended a 10-pitch frame that had Jhoulys Chacin at 80 pitches total after six scoreless innings. 6-0 Rockies.
Ross Ohlendorf gave up a one-out single by DJ LeMahieu, but completed a scoreless, 14-pitch top of the seventh at 63 pitches in 3.2 IP. Ian Desmond singled on a 1-2 fastball from Jhoulys Chacin, connecting for the fifth hit of the game off the Rockies' starter. Desmond was forced out at second on a Roger Bernadina grounder, however, and a Steve Lombardozzi fly to center field ended the Nationals' seventh. 14-pitch inning for Chacin, 94 overall.
Ohlendorf came out for another inning of work in the eighth, doing the yeoman's work in relief of Dan Haren. Wilin Rosario flew to right, Corey Dickerson flew to center and... Nolan Arenado yanked a 2-2 change out to left field and into the stands. Didn't look like a home run off the bat, but it left the yard. 7-0 Rockies. 14-pitch inning for Ohlendorf, 77 pitches in 4.2 IP. Matt Belisle took over for Colorado in the bottom of the eighth and retired the Nationals in order. 7-0 Rockies after eight.
Fernando Abad gave up a one-out double by Dexter Fowler in the top of the ninth. The Rockies' center fielder took third on a DJ LeMahieu fly to center, but was stranded there when Carlos Gonzalez grounded weakly to second to end the top of the ninth. Rockies' right-hander Wilton Lopez got a groundout to third from Anthony Rendon for the first out of the ninth. Ryan Zimmerman flew ou-- THE KIDS CALL HIM ZIM!! THE KIDS CALL HIM ZIM!!! Ryan Zimmerman hit his 9th home run of the year out to center field in Nats Park for a solo home run that got the Nationals on the board at 7-1 Colorado and that's how it ended. 7-1 Rockies. Win streak snapped.
Nationals now 37-37