The Nats will look to start a streak of their own on Tuesday, while the Rockies try to get back on the winning side after dropping two straight and four of five.
If either team is to be successful, they'll need a strong outing from their respective starters -- Scott Olsen for the Nationals and Jorge De La Rosa for the Rockies, both of whom have recently struggled with their control.
Olsen is charged with helping the Nats continue their reversal of the Rockies' hex. Olsen struggled a bit in his first start of the season, albeit against the defending National League champion Phillies. The left-hander allowed four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings, but took a no-decision. It was his three walks, though, that most bothered the young hurler.
"I thought I was OK," Olsen said of his first start. "I ran into some trouble -- too many walks. I can't walk three guys in a game, especially two in one inning. That just can't happen. Other than the lack of control late in the game, it was OK."
His counterpart on Tuesday, De La Rosa, will also be trying to better his command. De La Rosa allowed five walks in his past start against the Mets, an outing that saw him take an about face from the dominance he showed in his first start of the season against the Padres. The hurler also threw two wild pitches, which, in conjunction with the five walks, all led to Mets rallies.
"Nothing was working," De La Rosa said. "I might have been overthrowing a little bit. I didn't hit my spots, and I made a lot of mistakes."
Rockies: Stumbling on the road, but no rest
Colorado has now lost four of its past five games since registering a three-game win streak earlier in the season. The Rockies will have to snap out of their funk on the field, however, as Tuesday will be Day 8 of a 16-day stretch of consecutive games without a day off. ... On Monday night, the Rockies' bullpen held Washington to just one hit in the final five innings. But they couldn't come back offensively, as they had only two hits in the final five innings themselves. "Offensively, we need to do a better job of putting together good [at-bats]," said shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. "All you can do is just come out tomorrow and take better at-bats, as a team."
Nationals: Track Nats slowed on basepaths
The Nats entered Monday night's contest leading the NL with 14 stolen bases in 16 attempts. The club's early success on the basepaths led Nyjer Morgan to nickname his team "The Track Nats." The Rockies must have keyed in on the Nationals' tendency to steal, as Colorado catcher Miguel Olivo threw out both Morgan and Willy Taveras in Tuesday night's game.
Worth Noting: Josh Willingham is 3-7 in his career against De La Rosa. ... Olsen has struggled against the Rockies in his career, going 1-2 with an 8.39 ERA in five career starts... With their victory on Monday, the Nationals improved to 7-0 when their starter works at least five innings.
Tue, 4/20 7:05 PM ET
A day that began with the devastating news of Rockies president Keli McGregor's death, ended on a happier note for Colorado, which defeated the Nationals thanks to an eight-run third inning.
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|De La Rosa, J, P||3||1||2||3||0||0||0||.400|
|Flores, R, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Morales, F, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Taveras, W, CF||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.182|
|Guzman, C, 2B||5||1||4||1||0||1||0||.362|
|Dunn, A, 1B||4||0||0||0||1||2||4||.163|
|Rodriguez, I, C||5||0||2||0||0||1||3||.444|
|Walker, T, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|a-Gonzalez, Al, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.294|
|Burnett, S, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Stewart, I (3, Olsen), De La Rosa, J (1, Walker, T), Hawpe (6, Burnett, S).
3B: Fowler (2, Olsen), Mora (1, Walker, T).
HR: Tulowitzki (1, 2nd inning off Olsen, 0 on, 0 out), Spilborghs (2, 3rd inning off Walker, T, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Tulowitzki 5; Mora 5; Stewart, I 2; Spilborghs 4; Hawpe 3; De La Rosa, J 3; Fowler 3; Helton 2.
RBI: Tulowitzki (7), Stewart, I (9), Helton (3), Hawpe (6), Mora (2), De La Rosa, J 3 (3), Spilborghs 2 (6).
2-out RBI: Stewart, I.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Spilborghs; Stewart, I; Olivo 2; Fowler.
Team RISP: 6-for-14.
Team LOB: 9.
2B: Zimmerman (6, De La Rosa, J), Maxwell (1, De La Rosa, J), Guzman, C (3, Flores, R).
HR: Zimmerman (2, 5th inning off De La Rosa, J, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Zimmerman 7; Guzman, C 5; Desmond; Rodriguez, I 2; Maxwell 3.
RBI: Zimmerman 2 (10), Desmond (8), Guzman, C (6).
2-out RBI: Guzman, C.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Desmond; Dunn, A 3; Walker, T; Zimmerman.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 12.
|De La Rosa, J(W, 2-1)||5.0||7||4||4||4||6||1||4.00|
Olsen pitched to 4 batters in the 3rd.
IBB: Stewart, I (by Walker, T).
Pitches-strikes: De La Rosa, J 118-66, Belisle 39-26, Flores, R 10-6, Daley 3-3, Morales, F 21-15, Olsen 51-33, Walker, T 54-37, English 26-15, Bruney 16-10, Burnett, S 12-5, Clippard 10-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: De La Rosa, J 7-1, Belisle 2-2, Flores, R 0-2, Daley 0-1, Morales, F 0-1, Olsen 4-1, Walker, T 3-0, English 0-2, Bruney 1-1, Burnett, S 2-1, Clippard 0-1.
Batters faced: De La Rosa, J 26, Belisle 9, Flores, R 3, Daley 1, Morales, F 4, Olsen 14, Walker, T 15, English 5, Bruney 4, Burnett, S 5, Clippard 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Belisle 1-1, Daley 1-0, Walker, T 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Bruce Dreckman. 1B: Mike Estabrook. 2B: Paul Emmel. 3B: Bill Hohn.
Weather: 67 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, Out to CF.
Venue: Nationals Park.
April 20, 2010
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media