Washington went 2 for 9 with runners in scoring position and 10 left on base last night, but the Nationals managed to beat the Colorado Rockies, 5-4, in the first game of the three-game set in Coors Field.
“We had [Jayson Werth] swinging the bat and we got some key steals and base hits from [Trea Turner],” Dusty Baker told reporters after the win.
“Some other guys were — Big [Wilson] Ramos hit one out. We left a lot of men out there. It was a rough night for Anthony [Rendon], but you’re going to have that sometimes.”
Werth went 2 for 4 with a two-run home run and a walk. Turner went 1 for 5 with two stolen bases. Ramos hit a game-tying solo shot to right, going 1 for 4 with a walk.
Rendon went 0 for 5 with two Ks, going hitless for just the third time in his last 16 games.
Bryce Harper, who was 3 for 3 with two doubles and two walks, talked to MASN’s Dan Kolko after the game about the Nationals fighting back after Max Scherzer struggled and the Rockies took the lead early.
“I think in games we’re never down,” Harper said. “We try to fight as best we can, and when we are down, we’re not down, when we’re ahead we’re not ahead.
“We’ve just got to keep battling and keep putting the bat on the ball and good things happen when that happens.”
The win was Washington’s third straight and ninth in the last twelve. They take on the Rockies again at 8:40 PM tonight in Coors Field.
Here’s the Nationals’ lineup for tonight’s matchup: