Game #64 Recap: Ohlendorf to the Rescue!

For his first game withthe Nationals, Ross Ohlendorf went six innings allowed only one run, two hits, walked two and struck out two, as the Nationals kept their bats going in a 5-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

Ian Desmond had a great day at the plate and on the field. After a jaw-dropping diving catch at the bottom of the third, Desmond hit an RBI single in the fourth batting in Ryan Zimmerman and putting the Nats on the board 1-0.

In the top of the sixth with two outs, Jeff Kobernus walked followed by Ryan Zimmerman who then hit a double and batted Kobernus in. Rockies then retired LHP Jorge De La Rosa and brought in Adam Ottavino. After a ground-out from Jayson Werth(who went 0-5 with a strike out) Ottavino intentionally walked Adam LaRoche. That move proved fatal to the Rockies as Desmond singled and batted in both Zimmerman and LaRoche, extending the Nats lead to 4-0.

Ohlendorf seemed to be in trouble in the sixth. With one out he walked Dexter Fowler. In a fielder’s choice Fowler was thrown out at second and Jonathan Herrera took first. Carlos Gonzalez got the Rockies their only run of the game by batting in Herrara on a triple. Troy Tulowitzki flied out to center fielder Denard Span ending the sixth.

Ian Krol relieved in the seventh with two strike outs in a fantastic 1-2-3 inning. A pair of doubles from LaRoche and Anthony Rendon in the eighth gave the Nats 5 runs total and an RBI for Rendon. Tyler Clippard relieved in the eighth largely carried by Zimmerman’s defense. Ryan Zimmerman caught a foul ball that almost landed him in the third base dugout from LeMahieu. He then assisted then next two outs at first base.

Top of the ninth, Span walked, Bernadina hit into a double play. Zimmerman walked, but then Werth grounded out to end the half. Rafael Soriano came in to close and did so effectively. He allowed only a single from Herrera, struck out Carlos Gonzalez, Tulowitzki flied out to center again, and then struck out Todd Helton to end the game.

Jeff Kobernus got the bats rolling with a single in the first on one out only to be caught stealing on the same pitch that struck Ryan Zimmerman, giving the Rockies a 1-2-3 inning with overzealous baserunning. Two other less than savory base running attempts occurred with Jhonatan Solano getting stuck in a pickle between second in third at the top of the third inning and Ian Desmond was caught stealing to end the fourth.

Perhaps as notable as Ohlendorf’s solid performance is his old-fashioned, almost comical, wind-up. In large, swooping motions, he leans forward, brings his hands together while leaning back and comes forward and delivers. Ross Ohlendorf was  signed as a free agent this offseason. He's played at AAA in Syracuse where he had a 4.27 ERA in 12 starts. Ohlendorf’s Major League debut was in 2007 for the New York Yankees. Since then he has also played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and more recently the San Diego Padres.

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