April 20, 2021

Washington Nationals Game 119 Review: Strasburg’s Solid in Colorado, Nats Squeak by Rockies

The Washington Nationals beat the Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Wednesday night thanks to a tie-breaking two-run triple hit by Jayson Werth in the eighth inning.

Colorado took an early 1-0 lead over the Nats in the second inning when first baseman Ben Paulsen scored on a wild pitch thrown by Washington starter Stephen Strasburg.

Strasburg ended up with the win on Wednesday, tallying his seventh of the season. He threw 93 pitches and 68 strikes in seven innings while giving up two hits, one run, and striking out five batters.

Washington’s offense struggled to score early after last night’s hit parade despite putting ten base runners on through the first six innings. They started making some headway in the seventh inning when outfielder Bryce Harper scored off a wild pitch thrown by Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa to tie it up 1-1.

Then, a two-out two-run triple  hit by Werth — the night’s leadoff man — against Rockies reliever Rafael Betancourt  in the eighth put the Nats up  by a pair of runs, giving them a 3-1 lead.

Relievers Casey Jansen and Jonathan Papelbon entered the game with the two-run lead and pitched two scoreless innings to maintain the lead.

The Nats tacked on their final run of the night in the ninth against reliever John Axford when third baseman Yunel Escobar scored on a two-out RBI-single hit by first baseman Ryan Zimmerman.

HERO: Jayson Werth for his clutch offense late in the game to give Washington the lead.

GOAT: There’s no sense in pointing fingers tonight. A win’s a win at this point.

UP NEXT: Max Scherzer (11-9, 2.73) and the Washington Nationals face Yohan Flande (2-1, 4.19) and the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field at 8:40 p.m. Eastern Time.



About Rachel Levitin

Rachel Levitin is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Nationals. For the past five seasons, she was credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals as an author for We Love DC. During her time spent with WLDC, Rachel composed game stories, covered off-the-field special events, and chronicled both of the Nats’ recent playoff runs. In addition to her work with WLDC, Rachel’s writing has been featured in the Washington Examiner and on MASNSports.com where she has been a featured guest blogger for the Nationals Buzz blog since 2011. Her love for baseball stems from having grown up on the north side of Chicago and falling in love with the sport’s history as a result of growing up just minutes from Wrigley Field. Rachel moved to DC in 2005 and has been following along with the Nats since their inaugural season. You can follow Rachel on Twitter @RHLevitin.

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