National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, June 13th
(All times Eastern)
Washington Nationals (32-32) at Colorado Rockies (35-31), 3:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Washington - Ross Detwiler (2-4, 2.76)
Colorado - Jeff Francis (2-4, 6.30)
(Sports Network) - The Washington Nationals hope to stay on the winning side
of things on Thursday when they close out a three-game series against the
Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
The Nationals dropped the opener of this set, 8-3, on Tuesday, but rebounded
with a 5-1 win the following night. Ross Ohlendorf made a spot start for the
Nationals and was strong through six innings. He allowed one run and two hits
for the win and three relievers combined for three scoreless innings.
"He used all his pitches and basically went right after them," Washington
manager Davey Johnson said of Ohlendorf. "He made his pitches and went deep
into the ballgame. Just an outstanding job."
Ian Desmond drove in three runs, while Ryan Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon had
an RBI apiece for the Nationals, who have won three of four games and are 1-1
so far on a nine-game road trip.
Washington will also visit Cleveland and Philadelphia on the trek.
Ross Detwiler is slated to take the mound for the Nationals and has been on
the disabled list since mid-May because of a back issue. Detwiler hasn't
pitched since May 15 at Los Angeles and lasted three innings that day,
allowing two runs and six hits.
Detwiler, a left-hander, has lost four of his last five starts and is 2-4 with
a 2.76 earned run average in eight outings this season. In three career games
(2 starts) against the Rockies, Detwiler is 0-2 with a 6.55 ERA.
Colorado looks to get back on track and entered Wednesday's game having won
seven of its previous 10 games.
Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa gave up three runs on four hits and three
walks over 5 1/3 innings to lose for the first time in his last eight starts.
It was also his first home loss since Sept. 26, 2010.
"He mixed it up, basically, never really fell into patterns or sequences,"
Colorado manager Walt Weiss said of Ohlendorf. "He used his fastball well,
used his breaking ball off of that. There was some deception."
Carlos Gonzalez delivered an RBI triple for Colorado, which is two games
behind Arizona for the NL West lead and 3-3 on a 10-game homestand.
Jeff Francis will take the mound for the Rockies Thursday and is 2-4 with a
6.30 ERA in nine starts. He lost to San Diego on Saturday and gave up four
runs in four innings of a 4-2 loss.
Francis was making his first start since May 14 and has allowed at least four
runs in five outings this season. The left-hander has made seven career starts
against Washington, going 1-2 with a 4.81 ERA.
The Nationals and Rockies are meeting for the first time this season and
are scheduled to clash June 20-23 at Nationals Park. Colorado took four of the
seven matchups a season ago.
06/13 10:22:44 ET