Nats Rally Behind Napkin, Can't Finish

DC Sports Nexus ---- Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Nationals started slow and made 2 valiant comebacks, but it wasn't enough as the Colorodo Rockies defeated the Nats 11-10 in 11 innings to split the series with the Nattys.  A Bryce Harper game-tying homer in the 9th inning gave the Nats hope, but the Nats never led, and every time the Nationals scored the Rockies answered right back, winning on a single in the 11th.

Edwin Jackson only made it 3 innings, giving up 10 hits and 8 runs. The Rockies were all over E-Jax, but the offense kept fighting to prevent getting Jackson a loss.  I can't even describe the Rockies pitching because it is so strange with no pitcher throwing more than 3 innings.

Morse hit a 3 run homer, and Ian Desmond hit a game tying 2 run shot off of his wife's brother.  Interesting.  Bryce Harper hit the 3rd homer for the Nats, a solo shot in the 9th that helped send the game to extras.

Craig Stammen pitched the 10th & 11th, but gave up a 2 out single to Marco Scutaro (the guy hit in the head by Strassy a few days ago) in the 11th with a runner on 3rd to earn the loss.  Gorzo gave up the other 2 Rockies runs in the 4th.

The Nationals have scored 33 runs in their last 2 games but could only take 2 of 4 from the worst team in baseball.  Maybe the offense was helped by a Napkin, but most likely it was Coors field combined with the Rockies insane pitching rotation.

The Nats move on to Atlanta for some important division games starting Friday night...

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