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Nationals Rout Rockies 11-5

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The debut of the Colorado Rockies’ (28-46) newest addition, left-hander Edwar Cabrera, did not go well as he was hit hard last night by the visiting Washington Nationals (43-30), en route to an 11-5 Nationals win. It was Cabrera’s first MLB action. The final matchup of the four-game series is this afternoon at 1:10 at Coors Field (TV: none).

Cabrera (0-1) has received high marks for the quality of his changeup, which has helped him put up high strikeout totals the last two years in the Minors. But all that occurred in Class A and Double-A. The Rockies called him up from Double-A Tulsa (8-4, 2.94 ERA, 82 strikeouts in 98 innings) for Wednesday’s start, and the National League East-leading Nationals gave him an education at the highest level.

Five of the seven runs against Cabrera were earned, but he couldn’t point much of an accusing finger, since he hurt his own cause by walking three, against one strikeout. Just 33 of his 65 pitches were strikes.

Official: Wednesday’s Box Score.

After the Nats pounded out 21 hits — their most in a game since moving to Washington in 2005 — in Tuesday’s 12-5 victory, the Nationals had 14 hits on Wednesday. It was the first time they scored in double figures in consecutive games since 2007.

The reeling Rockies, who fell to 7-17 in June, managed one run on eight hits and three walks in seven innings against Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann (4-6), who struck out just one, but held the Rockies to 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

Tickets are available for this afternoon’s game at Coors Field vs. the Washington Nationals, and can be purchased by calling (800) 388-ROCK, or click here.

[ColoradoRockies.com]

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