Nationals 5, Rockies 3
Ian Desmond didn’t feel like celebrating his four-hit game. Not
after one of them put the opposing starter in the hospital.
Desmond’s first swing was a liner that hit Colorado Rockies
starter Juan Nicasio in the head, knocking him out of the game the
Washington Nationals won 5-3 Friday night.
Nicasio suffered a neck injury when he was struck in the second
inning. The ball slammed into the right side of Nicasio’s head with
a smack and caromed away, rolling over the first-base line.
The right-hander went down and lay flat on his back on the mound
for several minutes as he was attended to by training staff. He was
moved onto a cart by four medical personnel, helped by teammate
Todd Helton and manager Jim Tracy.
He could be seen blinking and moving his hands and legs before
he was put on a stability board and loaded onto a cart.
Nicasio (4-4) was taken to the hospital where the team said he
was resting comfortably and undergoing tests.
”It’s hard to see another ballplayer get hurt,” Desmond said.
”I hope he’s OK.”
Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann said he was hit by a liner
throwing batting practice in college and understands what Nicasio
is going through.
”Freaky things like that happen,” he said. ”I saw the ball
coming when I was hit. I tried to get my glove up and the ball hit
me in the jaw. I went down and the adrenaline took over. I was out
about a month.”
The injury overshadowed the Nationals’ fourth road win in 11
games since the All-Star Break. Michael Morse had a homer among his
three hits, Rick Ankiel also had three hits and Ryan Zimmerman and
Danny Espinosa had two hits each for Washington. Drew Storen got
the last four outs for his 28th save.
Zimmermann (7-9) allowed just two hits through the first five
innings as Washington built a 4-0 lead. Ankiel and Espinosa each
singled to lead off the game off Nicasio (4-4) and Zimmerman
tripled to make it 2-0.
They added another run in the fourth when Zimmermann reached on
a two-out bloop double and scored on Ankiel’s single to right.
Morse hit his 19th homer with one out in the fifth to make it
The Rockies finally got to Zimmermann in the sixth. Helton
doubled with one out and Tulowitzki singled to put runners at the
corners. Zimmermann struck out Seth Smith before being relieved by
”I took him out because his velocity was dropping down a little
bit,” Nationals manager Davey Johnson said.
Chris Nelson greeted Rodriguez with a single to center to make
it 4-1. Ian Stewart’s bloop single to center scored Tulowitzki and
Iannetta followed with a single to score Nelson to make it 4-3.
Pinch-hitter Ty Wigginton walked to load the bases.
Tyler Clippard relieved Rodriguez and worked the count to 3-0
before Young looked at three straight strikes to end the
Morse’s RBI single in the ninth made it 5-3.
Notes: Desmond now has six four-hit games in his career. …
Zimmermann also had two hits. It was his third career multi-hit
game. … Colorado’s Jhoulys Chacin will be matched against
Washington’s Livan Hernandez in Saturday’s game. Chacin has a
career ERA of 3.39, the lowest in franchise history for a pitcher
with at least 40 starts. His .214 opponents’ batting average is a
franchise best, too. Hernandez was 3-3 with a 8.03 ERA in eight
starts for the Rockies in 2008.