Washington Nationals Rapid Reaction: New Look Lineup Produces Winning Result In Colorado

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Coming into last night’s game against the Colorado Rockies, the Washington Nationals were on a six game losing streak and had scored 11 runs during the four game series in which they lost all four games against the Giants. During those six losses, the Nats had been shutout three times. With the day off, manager Matt Williams decided to make even more changes to shake up the lineup.

With the new look lineup changes, which included moving Jayson Werth to the leadoff spot, Ian Desmond to the number five spot, and Wilson Ramos hitting eighth, the Nats scored more runs in their 15-6 win than they did in the previous four games vs. San Francisco.

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Out of the eight offensive starters, seven of them scored a run. The only two players that did not have hits in the win were Bryce Harper (0-for-2, four runs scored, four walks) and Ramos (0-for-5).

Plus, the Nats were able to give Jordan Zimmermann enough run support to get him his first victory since the All-Star Break. However, it wasn’t Zimmermann’s best game as he gave up four runs in the first two innings, gave up three home runs, and surrendered a 6-4 lead by giving up a run in the fifth and sixth innings. Nevertheless, the Nationals found a way to get a win and remain 4.5 games behind the New York Mets in the NL East.

Before Stephen Strasburg takes on Jorge De La Rosa tonight at Coors Field (8:40 PM ET, MASN2), here are my takeaways from yesterday’s 15-6 Nats win.

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