After a promising start to the series it only took 4 games to get right back where the Nationals have been the last month, under .500. In game 4 of the Rockies-Nationals series at Nats Park, it was Detwiler v. De La Rosa. After a strong first inning, Detwiler gave up a home run to Michael Cuddyer and the Rockies never turned away handing the Nationals their 15th loss at home this season, in a 7-6 loss.
The loss puts the Nats back under .500 but also arouses questions of the team’s ability to hit and progress about injured stars including Bryce Harper who took BP on Bryce Harper “Bobble-head” day at the Park.
MVP of the Game: HFRO game MVP honors go to Ryan Zimmerman with another solid outing. Even though the Nationals are not piling on runs Zimmerman was clutch when needed on Sunday afternoon. In the bottom of the eight Zimmerman had 2 outs on him and found a way to crack single to Josh Rutledge the play ended up scoring Lombardozzi and Span and cut the Rockies lead from 2-7 to 4-7.
Zimmerman has been good at times when needed against the Rockies and in this series he finished with 3 of 14 hitting, scoring 3 runs, including a double and a home run. Not that I would give him the series MVP award with that .269 batting average, but good at times.
Moment of the Night: Jhonathon Solano has been a welcomed surprise for the Nationals at time this season as well. In this game Solano did some pinch hitting and cracked a double to center field that brought home Kobernus and Zimmerman and brought the Rockies lead to 7-6.
Unfortunately in the ninth the Nationals could not capitalize and were turned away yet again from another win at home.
Looking Forward: The great news is Bryce Harper took BP earlier in the day; however, the Nationals still need better offensive production. It seems that some guys are not getting the needed mental reps in BP and maybe that is the reason for the slumping bats.
The “even-better” news is that the Nationals do get a day off before the Arizona Diamondbacks come to DC on Tuesday. Gio Gonzalez will take the mound against Trevor Cahill with a 7:05 PM start time.