Washington Nationals Sweep Colorado Rockies For Fifth Straight Win

The Washington Nationals (46-38) completed a comeback on the shoulders of Ian Desmond to sweep the Colorado Rockies (36-49) on Wednesday with a 4-3 victory. The win gave the Nats a season-high five-game winning streak as they head into an off day before the Chicago Cubs come to town for the Independence Day weekend.

The Rockies middle infield turned a couple of the better double plays that we’ve seen all season in tonight’s contest. The first saw DJ LeMahieu flip to Troy Tulowitzki at second, who spun and threw to first for what might be the best double play I’ve seen this year. That webgem is below. With the other, Justin Morneau made a great short hop grab on a Bryce Harper hit at first to turn the 3-6 double play.

Doug Fister struggled a bit early on keeping the ball down, and the Rockies capitalized in the second inning. After singles from Tulowitzki and Corey Dickerson, Michael McKenry crushed a three-run home run that gave Colorado an early 3-0 lead. But that was all Fister would give up en route to completing seven innings of seven-hit, five-strikeout baseball. As has become the standard, he didn’t give up a walk.

The Nats made their offensive statement in the fourth inning to get back into the game. Anthony Rendon singled up the middle before Jayson Werth hit one out over the center field wall for his first home run in nearly a month to pull within one run. Later in the inning, Harper blooped a ball just fair down the left field line and got to second. He then advanced in a wild pitch and scored on a seeing eye single from Desmond to tie the game at three.

In the seventh inning, Desmond decided to make another mark on the game, and this was the big one. He hit a ball that was originally ruled a triple, but the umpires reviewed it, and it became the go-ahead home run to give the Nats the deciding 4-3 lead.

Some thoughts:

  • Despite the five-game winning streak, the Nats haven’t closed any ground against the Atlanta Braves, who are in the midst of their own impressive seven-game streak after beating the New York Mets 3-1 last night.
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