Game #63 Recap: Tough Fifth Inning Sinks Nats

by: Andrea Borrelli 

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As has happened so many times thus far into 2013, the Nats had some early offense and followed it up with little else. The pitching was all too great either as Coors Field got the best of both Dan Haren and Drew Storen as the Nats dropped Game 1 of the series 8-3.

The offense got started in the second inning with a walk and a single that were ultimately moved to second and third via a Dan Haren sacrifice bunt and brought home on a two-out double by Denard Span. A promising first four innings from Dan Haren gave the Nationals an opportunity to secure a win, until a tough 5th inning derailed the team’s efforts. After only giving up two hits in the first four innings and getting on base with his single in the 4th, Dan Haren looked strong going into the 5th. Unfortunately, that inning took a dramatic turn when the Rockies tied the game with a two-run homer and followed up later in the 5th with Carlos Gonzalez hitting a three-run homer.

Haren was relieved in the 6th by Erik Davis, who managed to hold the Rockies to a quick scoreless inning, only surrendering one hit. Fernando Abad came up for the 7th with a similar outing, allowing an Arenado single before striking out the side.  After last season where the Nationals got so far on their young talent, it is of no surprise that the new kids on the block are coming up with the ability and desire to stick around in the majors.

Ian Desmond brought Jason Werth in on a single in an otherwise quiet top of the 8th, cutting the Rockies lead to 5-3. Coming in for the 8th was Drew Storen who gave up a two-run homer and allowed another run to score; increasing the Rockies lead to 8-3. While a rough outing for Storen, those were the first runs he’d surrendered since May 25 (9 appearances).

The Nats offense made some strong efforts without Harper in the lineup, but ultimately could not put a sustained run together aside from the second inning. The Nats are back at it tomorrow evening when spot starter Ross Ohlendorf takes on Jorge De La Rosa.

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