Coors Field is not an easy place to play. Whether you’re Clayton Kershaw, Justin Verlander, or Jacob Turner, pitching in the altitude of Denver Colorado is a tall order. That being said, Turner took it in stride, and did the job he was called up to do, going six innings while allowing three earned runs, striking out six, and possibly most impressive was the fact that he did not allow a single walk. Rockies starter Tyler Anderson went 5.2 innings, allowing four earned runs on six hits, striking out 5 and walking one.
The Nats offense produced a big sixth inning through an Adam Eaton RBI triple, an Anthony Rendon base hit, and a two run blast from Ryan Zimmerman, who continues his scorching hot start to the season.
Another day, another ZIM homer. pic.twitter.com/NUE7KLe0DD
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 25, 2017
This provided them with a 4-1 lead, and left Turner, who had been recalled from the minor leagues earlier that morning, in line for a big win at Coors Field, especially with this being a day off for Bryce Harper. However, the struggles of the bullpen came back to bite the Nationals.
As it has been for most of this still young season, the Nationals’ bullpen struggled mightily. Enny Romero allowed two earned runs in just two thirds of an inning, and Blake Treinen had what will likely be his worst outing of the season, allowing six hits and three earned runs while getting just one out. The Rockies’ bullpen on the other hand shut the Nationals down, not allowing a single run after Anderson was given the hook. Mark Reynolds and Charlie Blackmon each hit two-run home runs in the sixth and seventh innings respectively, and the Rockies tacked on two more in the bottom of the eighth inning, more than enough to secure an 8-4 victory.
These two teams are at the top of the National League, so even splitting the series would be crucial for the Nationals. I do not harp too much on the bullpen, as like I stated earlier, any pitching staff regardless of experience or star power is going to struggle at Coors Field. I was thoroughly impressed with Turner, who seemed to have excellent control over his pitches. The Nationals are scheduled to be back in action tonight, once again at 8:40, however inclement weather may have other plans. Joe Ross gets the ball for the Nats, while German Marquez makes his first start of the year for Colorado.