October 21, 2020

Washington Nationals Game 98 Review: Zimmerman injured, Nationals power past Rockies

RYAN ZIMMERMAN INJURED IN SIXTH AS NATIONALS RALLY PAST ROCKIES

A mile above sea level at Coors Field on Tuesday night, the Washington Nationals came back to defeat the Colorado Rockies 7-4. The victory didn’t come without a cost, however, as Ryan Zimmerman was pulled from the game in the sixth inning with a right leg injury.

The Nationals’ other Zimmerman(n), Jordan Zimmermann, took the mound for his first start since his early exit on July 11th due to a strained right biceps. On Tuesday, he just wasn’t his best and Washington fell into an early hole because of it.

In the bottom of the second inning, Colorado plated the game’s first run. After Ben Paulsen led off the inning with a double, D.J. LeMahieu then tripled to score Paulsen. An inning later, Zimmermann dealt Nolan Arenado a belt-high fastball for a two-run home run.

Down 3-0 in the top of the fifth, Washington began their comeback.

After Bryce Harper (2-for-2, 2 BB) walked and Ian Desmond (2-for-3) doubled to put runners on second and third, Wilson Ramos (1-for-4, 2 RBI) grounded out to score Harper. Zimmermann (0-for-1, RBI) was able to help his cause as he hit a sacrifice fly to score Desmond.

As quickly as they got two back, Colorado extended their lead in the bottom of the fifth. With one out in the inning, Corey Dickerson hit a solo-shot to right to bring the score to 4-2.

Washington continued their comeback in the top of the sixth. With runners at the corners and one out, Ryan Zimmerman (0-for-3, RBI) grounded into a fielders choice to score Anthony Rendon (3-for-5). On the play, Zimmerman pulled up prior to reaching first base and fell to the ground as he crossed the bag with a right leg injury. Danny Espinosa (0-for-2) was brought in to replace him.

Two batters later with two outs and the bases loaded, Ramos charged down the line and beat out a throw to first that allowed Espinosa to score and tie the game. Nate McLouth pinch-hit for Zimmermann, ending his night after five innings in which he gave up four earned runs on eight hits while striking out six.

Adam LaRoche (2-for-5, 3 RBI) capped off the Nationals comeback in the top of the seventh inning. After Denard Span (0-for-4, BB) led off the inning with a walk and Rendon singled, LaRoche hit a 2-0 pitch into the Nationals bullpen to put Washington ahead 7-4. It was his 13th home run of the year.

Craig Stammen, Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano finished off the 7-4 win. The bullpen combined for four scoreless inning in which they gave up five and struck out two. Stammen was awarded the win, Storen and Clippard earned holds and Soriano picked up his 23rd save of the season.

The Nationals look to complete the sweep on Wednesday afternoon as they send Stephen Strasburg to the mound for a 1:35 PM EST game.

Game Notes:

  • Both teams struggled with runners in scoring position. Washington went 3-for-13 and left seven men on base. Colorado left eight men on the bags and went 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position.
  • In the top of the second inning, Bryce Harper was thrown out at third and manager Matt Williams emerged from the dugout to challenge the plays. While it seemed that Harper was clearly safe and the call should have been overturned, the replay official in New York upheld the ruling and Harper was called out.
  • Criag Stammen earned his first win of the season. In his last 4.2 innings spanning three games, he’s given up three hits and no runs while striking out three.
  • Danny Espinosa, while he went 0-for-2, deserves some kudos for his base running effort following Ryan Zimmerman’s injury in the sixth inning.
  • Following the game, the Nationals’ Twitter account tweeted the Ryan Zimmerman suffered a right hamstring strain and that will he receive and MRI on Wednesday.

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Brian Skinnell is a sports writer born and raised in the Washington, D.C.-metro area and covers the Washington Nationals, Wizards and MiLB for District Sports Page. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+!

About Brian Skinnell

Brian Skinnell is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Nationals and college football. He is a born-and-raised follower of Washington, D.C. sports, “The” Ohio State Buckeyes and auto racing. A graduate of Shepherd University in December of 2014, he has a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a Concentration in Sports Communications. Prior to joining District Sports Page (for his second stint), he spent time with Rant Sports, Yahoo Sports and the Washington Redskins. For his day job, he is an Editor for Team Velocity Marketing. Follow him on Twitter @Brian_Skinnell.

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