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DJ LeMahieu has been extremely reliable this year, but of late he has been the best hitter in the lineup and outside of Charlie Blackmon, he has been the sole bright spot. On Tuesday the Rockies took the second game of the series against the Nationals on a rainy night. The pitchers finally held a lead and that didn’t even make it a close game.
Chad Bettis started the game for the Rockies and got through three innings before the game went to a rain delay. He did allow two runs in the third on three singles and an RBI ground out, but the Rockies backed him quickly before the game was paused.
DJ hit his career high ninth home run of the year to the deepest part of the ballpark and the game was tied by a score of 2-2 before the rain came. The game would be in a 2 hour+ delay and went late into the night because of it.
The Rockies sent Chris Rusin out to the mound after the game resumed and they got a very solid three innings out of him. He allowed three hits and struck out two while keeping the Nats off the board.
The next three innings were manned by four different pitchers, but they never really allowed Washington to get anything going. Matt Carsiti and Boone Logan worked the eighth seventh inning. Carlos Estevez worked an eighth inning while allowing only a hit and Adam Ottavino finished the game and extended his scoreless streak for a clean ninth.
The Rockies manage to score a run in the fifth after DJ hit a triple (his eighth consecutive at bat with a hit) and got three more in the seventh. On three walks, a sac fly, and a clutch two run double by David Dahl, the Rockies extended their one run lead to four and finished the game ahead by that much.
It was easily one of the best games the Rockies have played in the past two weeks and gave them a much needed win. They will try and win a series for the first time since the Dodgers series when Jon Gray faces Stephen Strasburg. Gray will be looking to rebound after a couple of rough starts and the Rockies will need him to be good against one of the best pitchers in the league.