Seven run first ruin Strasburg’s day

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The Rockies handed Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg the worst start of his career as they tagged him for nine runs in the first two innings before he was removed with two outs in the second.

The Rockies sent 11 batters to bat in the first and had six hits, four doubles and two singles, to score their seven runs. Charlie Blackmon, Gerrardo Parra, Tony Wolters, and pitcher Jon Gray all had doubles in the inning.

This was easily the worst start of Strasburg’s career, but for Jon Gray, he was not much better. Gray limited the damage that came off of him to four runs, but he managed only four innings and did not have the rebound start he wanted. Gray was looking a little bit better after he got through first inning easily, but quickly unwound in the coming innings. It wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been, but it certainly wasn’t good and it was a good thing the Rockies offense was rolling.

The Nationals scored at least a run in every inning except the first and third. The bullpen for the Rockies was just as bad as they have been seemingly everyday for the past two weeks. Boone Logan was actually the only pitcher for the Rockies that didn’t allow a run as they allowed a ten total runs on the day.

Luckily for the Rockies pitchers, the offense backed them up with twelve runs behind big days from Tony Wolters and Gerrardo Parra. Along with Wolters first inning double, he added a single and a home run in what has been a much better second half for the young catcher. Along with his defensive prowess, he should definitely be getting more starts over Hundley over the last month and a half of the season.

Gerrardo Parra also had his best day since returning from the DL. Parra had the double in the first inning along with a triple. He drove in four total runs on the day with what will hopefully get him on track to finish the season strong.

The series, albeit a good one, made clear a trend that has been going on with the Rockies this year. They play up or down depending on their competition. Playing the Nationals during one of the lowest points of the season for the Rockies was almost certain to result in a bad series. Instead they took two of three and easily could’ve swept the series had they held on to their lead in the first game.

The Rockies now take on the best NL team in the Chicago Cubs for a three game series. It will be a good series to see if the Rockies got lucky with this last series or if they can come out and win another tough series against a great team.

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