Patrick Corbin tossed six scoreless on 106 pitches in the nightcap of today’s doubleheader with the Colorado Rockies, and Brian Dozier scored on an error on a Victor Robles’ ground ball before Yan Gomes homered for the Washington Nationals’ only two runs in a 2-0 win in the second game of the day. Sweeeeep ... of the doubleheader! One more to play with the Rockies tomorrow ...
Corbin vs Colorado: Patrick Corbin didn’t receive a decisions in any of his last four starts before tonight’s matchup with the Rockies, but he extended an unbeaten streak to six in a row, in which he’d put up a 1.85 ERA, eight walks, 50 Ks, and a .227/.267/.326 line against in 39 IP.
Last time out before today, he threw 100 pitches in five innings on the mound against the Atlanta Braves in SunTrust Park, giving up eight hits, two walks, and two earned runs.
Corbin tossed three scoreless on 64 pitches to start the nightcap with the Rockies, working around a one-out triple in the third to keep the visiting team off the board, and he ended up completing six scoreless innings of work on the mound, on 106 pitches, retiring 15 of 17 to end his outing and allowing a total of three hits and three walks, striking out seven of the 23 batters he faced.
Patrick Corbin’s Line: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 Ks, 106 P, 64 S, 6/2 GO/FO.
Freeland vs Washington: Heading into tonight’s outing, Rockies’ lefty Kyle Freeland was (2-7) in 14 starts overall, and winless in his last nine (0-4), with a 9.98 ERA, 18 walks, 28 Ks, and a .345/.402/.695 line against in 39 2⁄3 IP in those appearances, leaving him with a 7.62 ERA and a .297/.362/.570 line against overall in 67 1⁄3 IP on the season.
Freeland tossed 3 2⁄3 scoreless against the Nationals to start tonight’s game, but a two-out double to left by Brian Dozier and a grounder up the middle by Victor Robles that second baseman Garrett Hampson whiffed on allowed the first run of the game for either team to score, 1-0.
Freeland held the Nationals to one run through six, stranding a leadoff double by Anthony Rendon in his final inning of work, a 22-pitch frame that left him at 109 pitches total...
Kyle Freeland’s Line: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 Ks, 109 P, 68 S, 7/5 GO/FO.
Doubleheader Masters?: Heading into today’s twin bill with the Rockies, the Nationals were 11-4-21 (sweeps-swept-splits) in doubleheaders according to the Nats’ pregame notes, with a 43-29 overall record in doubleheaders since baseball returned to D.C. in 2005, and three consecutive doubleheaders sweeps under manager Davey Martinez, who talked after their win in the afternoon game today about the importance of getting that first win if you want to sweep, since it’s ... kind of necessary.
“You can’t win two without winning one,” he said rather matter of factly, “and then just, I tell these guys rest in-between the games and get ready to play. When you win the first game it seems like the momentum is really good, and like I said, these boys have been playing really well.”
BULLPEN ACTION: Tanner Rainey took over for the Nationals in the top of the seventh, with a 1-0 lead, and gave up a leadoff single by Daniel Murphy, but he cut down the lead runner on a grounder back to the mound by Garrett Hampson, and struck Chris Iannetta out to get out No. 2 before manager Davey Martinez went to the pen for Tony Sipp vs Yonder Alonso, who K’d swinging to end the inning. Still 1-0 Nationals.
Rockies’ lefty Jake McGee got the first out of the Nationals’ seventh, but gave up a solo shot to left-center by Yan Gomes on a 3-2 fastball the catcher crushed, 2-0. HR No. 4 of 2019 for Gomes. McGee got the second out of the inning before manager Bud Black went to the pen again for Scott Oberg. Trea Turner took a two-out walk from the new reliever, but was left on base.
Fernando Rodney got the eighth for the Nationals, and retired the Rockies in order in a 16-pitch frame to keep it a 2-0 game.
Oberg came back out for the bottom of the eighth as well, and worked around a one-out single with help from a strike-em-out, throw-em-out, batter interference-y double play.
Sean Doolittle gave up a leadoff double by David Dahl in the top of the ninth, but got two outs from former Nats Ian Desmond (groundout) and Daniel Murphy (strikeout) and then retired Garrett Hampson on a fly to right to end it. Ballgame.
Nationals now 55-46