Alex Brandon, AP
The bullpen and offense finally played well enough for a win on Saturday afternoon. It may have taken until the 11th inning for the Rockies to finally break through and of late that would have meant a bullpen collapse somewhere earlier. However, on Saturday the bullpen actually did really well and even though the one hiccup came from Adam Ottavino and resulted in a blow save, the Rockies didn’t let it get them down and the rest of the bullpen carried them to a 9-4 win.
The Rockies got out to an early lead when Charlie Blackmon hit his first home run of the day. It was only a solo shot, but it broke a 0-0 tie and gave Charlie the first of his three hits on the day. The Rockies came back in the fourth inning and scored two more runs. The first run crossed on what is probably the last time a run will ever score on an intentional walk. A big cross up allowed Nolan Arenado to score when A.J. Cole fired the ball past the catcher. Jorge De La Rosa then singled a run in. It is also worth mentioning that De La Rosa has a higher batting average than Cristhian Adames and only five less RBIs. De La Rosa is also not known as a great hitter.
The 3-0 lead quickly dissolved in the next inning when the Nationals got back on the Rockies for three runs. Four straight hits got two runs in and another run crossed on a ground out. The game was then tied until the Rockies got back for one run later in the game.
In the seventh, the Rockies got a little help with a couple of singles and an error to put runners on the corners. Cargo then grounded out, but putting the ball in play was the important part and it allowed the run to score.
The ninth inning saw the Rockies get two pretty quick outs that sandwiched a walk. Ben Revere who walked was able to get to second and then Jayson Werth drove him in on a clutch hit on a 0-2 count. Werth just punched the ball to left and it got down right in front of David Dahl who tried to fire home but the throw was too late.
The game would then go to extras and it took until the 11th for someone to get something going. The Rockies would record six straight hits with two home runs in the first six batters to finally pull through for some late runs. Cargo and Blackmon both had two run home runs to give the Rockies a healthy 8-4 lead and one more run crossed on a Nick Hundley single. The offense was just as determined as the bullpen in this game to win one and snap their losing streak.
The Rockies will try and win the series against Lucas Giolito for another series win against the Nats. Chad Bettis takes the mound for the Rockies and will look to rebound from a rough start last time out.