National League Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, June 12th
(All times Eastern)
Washington Nationals (31-32) at Colorado Rockies (35-30), 8:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Washington - Ross Ohlendorf (0-0, 0.00)
Colorado - Jorge De La Rosa (7-3, 3.38)
(Sports Network) - The Colorado Rockies haven't lost since April 30 when Jorge
De La Rosa steps foot on the mound.
They will try to keep their ace's unbeaten streak intact Wednesday in the
second test of a three-game series versus the Washington Nationals at Coors
Field. De La Rosa is 5-0 with a 2.76 earned run average in his last seven
starts -- all Colorado victories -- but did not record a decision in a shaky
outing Friday versus San Diego.
De La Rosa was reached for 11 hits and four runs in five innings with five
strikeouts and no walks for the first time this season.
"I didn't have my best stuff today. They made me work a lot," De La Rosa said
of the Padres. "That's why they got those hits against me. When I tried to
throw a strike, I left it up, and I paid for it."
He has received a fair share of run support during his unbeaten stretch (43
total) and owns a 7-3 record in 13 starts to go along with a 3.38 ERA. In six
home starts this season, De La Rosa is 5-0 with a 3.15 ERA.
The Mexican left-hander has made five career starts against Washington and has
produced a 3-1 record with a 4.80 ERA.
Colorado took the opener of this set Tuesday with an 8-3 win. Tyler Colvin hit
a pair of two-run homers, Carlos Gonzalez belted a three-run shot during a
five-run bottom of the fifth and starter Jhoulys Chacin did enough for the win
by allowing two runs in five innings.
"It's one thing to be here, but I know I can contribute to this team and help
this team win," said Colvin, who was called up from the minors earlier this
month. "Games like tonight justify why I am here."
Gonzalez is batting .250 in his last six games, but has homered four times and
driven in 15 runs.
Colorado is just one game behind Arizona for the NL West lead and has won
seven of its last 10 games. It is 3-2 on a 10-game homestand.
The Nationals opened their nine-game road trip in losing fashion, as Dan Haren
was victimized during a five-run fifth inning on homers by Colvin and Gonzalez
and fell to 4-8 on the season. He had an early 2-0 lead, struck out six and
walked only one.
"This is a difficult place to pitch, but you have to be careful with the walks
and there's a lot of room out there so the ball flys," said Haren. "But it's
the same way for both teams so I'm not trying to make any excuses."
Denard Span drove in a pair of runs and Ian Desmond added an RBI for
Washington, which had won two straight and three of five games. The Nationals
have also dropped nine of the past 11 road contests.
It was confirmed Tuesday that Nationals disabled outfielder Bryce Harper has
no structural damage in his balky left knee. Harper visited noted sports
surgeon Dr. James Andrews Monday and will be re-evaluated in about a week. He
is currently wearing an immobilizer to stable the knee.
"We checked out via MRI his knee and it's structurally sound," Nationals head
athletic trainer Lee Kuntz told the club's website. "Everything's good, all
the ligaments are intact. No cartilage damage, nothing like that. It's soft
tissue in the bursar that's inflamed."
The Nationals' rotation has been banged up as well, forcing the club to recall
Ross Ohlendorf from Triple-A Syracuse to make Wednesday's start. Ohlendorf
went 4-5 with a 4.27 earned run average in 13 games (12 starts) for the Chiefs
and hasn't pitched in the majors since last Aug. 17 with San Diego. In 13
games, nine of which were starts, with the Padres, Ohlendorf compiled a 4-4
mark to go along with a 7.77 ERA.
Ohlendorf, a right-hander, is 1-1 with a 5.00 ERA in six career starts against
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.
06/12 10:38:31 ET
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