Washington continues series at Coors FieldJun 27, 2012 - 2:27 PM (Sports Network) - Washington had one of its best offensive showings since relocating from Montreal in 2005 in last night's win over the Colorado Rockies.
In response, Colorado will send a 24-year-old making his major league debut to the hill tonight in the third contest of a four-game series at Coors Field.
Manager Jim Tracy will add Edwar Cabrera to his rotation tonight after the undrafted Dominican continued to put up solid numbers in the minors.
After striking out a total of 217 batters last season at two Class-A levels, Cabrera has gone 8-4 with a 2.94 earned run average in 15 starts this year with Double-A Tulsa. The left-hander has recorded another 82 strikeouts over 98 innings.
"Just take a look at what he's done so far," Tracy said on Colorado's website. "He's a strike-thrower. This is another young kid that's going to pitch in the big leagues for the first time. You've got to give him an opportunity not only to get his feet wet, but get a chance to settle in at this level and see what it's all about.
"He's coming from Tulsa, and I believe at this time last year he was an Asheville Tourist. That's a lot of progress in a very short period of time, but this is a much different league than the South Atlantic League or the Texas League. We'll give him an opportunity to see how he handles it."
With Cabrera set to make his debut, Josh Outman will be pushed back to Thursday as Tracy continues to go with a four-man rotation that sees its hurlers limited to 75 pitches an outing.
Christian Friedrich was lifted after 70 pitches in Tuesday's 12-5 defeat, hurling 4 1/3 innings and yielding four runs.
"He pitched a lot better than his numbers indicated for the time that he was out there," said Tracy.
The Nationals battered the Rockies' bullpen for another eight runs and 12 hits en route to the big victory. The 12 runs scored were a season high and the 21 hits were tied for the most for the franchise since relocating to Washington. The Nats also set a new club mark with 11 extra-base hits.
"My hitting coach is a genius," Washington manager Davey Johnson joked. "What can I say?"
Adam LaRoche hit two of the Nationals' four homers, while Tyler Moore and Ryan Zimmerman also went deep. Zimmerman ended with three hits, including the 1,000th of his career, while Michael Morse and Ian Desmond both had four hits and a pair of RBI.
The win moved the Nationals to 2-3 on a 10-game road trip and was the 10th of the season for starter Gio Gonzalez, who earned the victory even though he gave up five runs -- four earned -- over six innings.
Dexter Fowler and Jonathan Herrera hit solo homers for the Rockies, who fell to 4-15 since June 5. They had won the opener of the four-game series 4-2 on Monday.
Jordan Zimmermann looks to halt a five-start winless stretch tonight and he has gone 0-2 over that span despite a solid 3.66 ERA. He took a 2-1 loss at Baltimore on Friday, yielding both runs on eight hits over seven innings. The right-hander wasn't happy with his outing even though a lack of run support was more to blame.
"My slider was terrible, it was just spinning," said Zimmermann, who hasn't won since May 22. "The fastball command wasn't that good. I had runners on almost every inning and really had to battle tonight."
The 26-year-old is 3-6 with a 2.89 ERA in 14 starts this season and 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in three lifetime encounters with the Rockies.
The Rockies have won eight of their past 12 versus the Nationals.
- WASHINGTON: 11
Jun 27 11:46 PM
- Carlos Gonzalez flied out to center. Runner on first with one out and Michael Cuddyer due up.
Nationals 11, Rockies 5 Bot 9, 1 OutJun 27 11:38 PM
- Dexter Fowler double to left center scored Jonathan Herrera with none out. Runner on second and Marco Scutaro due up.
Nationals 11, Rockies 4 Bot 9, 0 OutsJun 27 11:34 PM
- Jordan Pacheco single to center scored Tyler Colvin with one out. Runner on first and Chris Nelson due up.
Nationals 11, Rockies 3 Bot 8, 1 OutJun 27 11:17 PM
- Tyler Colvin double to center scored Carlos Gonzalez with one out. Runner on second and Jordan Pacheco due up.
Nationals 11, Rockies 2 Bot 8, 1 OutJun 27 11:16 PM
- Jordan Zimmermann walked. Runners on first and second with two outs and Danny Espinosa due up.
Nationals 11, Rockies 1 Top 7, 2 OutsJun 27 10:47 PM
- Mark DeRosa sacrifice fly to center scored Michael Morse with one out. On the play, Ian Desmond advances to third. Runner on third and Tyler Moore due up.
Nationals 10, Rockies 1 Top 7, 1 OutJun 27 10:43 PM
- Ryan Zimmerman double to right scored Bryce Harper with none out. Runner on second and Michael Morse due up.
Nationals 9, Rockies 1 Top 4, 0 OutsJun 27 9:58 PM
- Marco Scutaro single to left scored Wilin Rosario with two outs. Runner on first and Carlos Gonzalez due up.
Nationals 8, Rockies 1 Bot 3, 2 OutsJun 27 9:49 PM
- Jhonatan Solano double to left center scored Mark DeRosa and Tyler Moore with one out. Runner on second and Jordan Zimmermann due up.
Nationals 8, Rockies 0 Top 3, 1 OutJun 27 9:38 PM
- Ian Desmond one-out, solo Home Run (12) to center. Mark DeRosa due up.
Nationals 6, Rockies 0 Top 3, 1 OutJun 27 9:29 PM
- Ryan Zimmerman lead-off Home Run (5) to left. Michael Morse due up.
Nationals 5, Rockies 0 Top 3, 0 OutsJun 27 9:25 PM
- Danny Espinosa single to right scored Jhonatan Solano with one out. On the play, Jordan Zimmermann advances to second. Runners on first and second and Bryce Harper due up.
Nationals 4, Rockies 0 Top 2, 1 OutJun 27 9:15 PM
- Tyler Moore one-out, two-run Home Run (4) to center scored Mark DeRosa. Jhonatan Solano due up.
Nationals 3, Rockies 0 Top 2, 1 OutJun 27 9:07 PM
- Ryan Zimmerman grounded out second to first, scoring Bryce Harper with two outs. None on and Michael Morse due up.
Nationals 1, Rockies 0 Top 1, 2 OutsJun 27 8:47 PM
- WASHINGTON: 0
Top 1, 1 Out
Jun 27 8:45 PM
- Nats seek rebound effort from Haren against Phillies 10:55a
- Rockies try to extend winning streak over rival Giants 9:32a
- Cuddyer productive in return, leads Rox over Giants 2:52a
- Four-run fifth helps Nats down Phillies 12:51a
- Rockies activate Cuddyer Fri
- Nats 2B Espinosa has broken bone in wrist Fri
- Nats seek to get offense going against rival Phillies Fri
- Rockies, Giants try to separate themselves atop the NL West Fri
- Nats slip by Giants in 10 Wed
- Rockies send Rutledge to Triple-A Wed
- Rockies close out homestand by whacking D-Backs again Wed
- Bumgarner, Giants eye sweep of Nationals Wed