MLB Team Report - Washington Nationals - INSIDE PITCH
WASHINGTON -- On paper, the pitching matchups for the Washington-Colorado series heavily seemed to favor the Nationals.
And that is exactly what happened as the Nationals swept the series back of three veteran right-handed starters: Jordan Zimmermann, Stephen Strasburg and Doug Fister.
For the Rockies, Yohan Flande started on Monday, Christian Freidrich went on Tuesday and Tyler Matzek started on Wednesday. Matzek was not involved in the decision while Fister won and improved his record to 5-0 at Nationals Park in five starts this year.
"He wasn't sharp early," Washington shortstop Ian Desmond said of Fister. "He made adjustments and gave us a chance to win."
Washington completed the sweep against three Colorado left-handed starters who have combined to make 10 starts this year and just 26 in their careers.
The Nationals starting pitchers in the series have made 36 starts this year and 354 in their careers.
MLB Team Report - Washington Nationals - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won five
NEXT: Cubs (RHP Jason Hammel, 7-5, 2.98 ERA) at Nationals (RHP Tanner Roark, 7-5, 2.98 ERA)
--RHP Doug Fister got the win on Wednesday in the series finale. He entered the game with a home record of 4-0 in four starts but gave up a three-run homer in the second to catcher Michael McKenry -- the first homer of the year for the former Pittsburgh catcher. But Fister went seven innings and allowed just the three runs. "The biggest thing was making sure the ball was down in the zone," Fister said. "It was definitely not my best stuff. It was a battle all night. There was a lot of solid contact" against him.
--SS Ian Desmond broke a 3-3 tie with a solo homer in the seventh on Wednesday in the 4-3 win over the Rockies. "It was a breaking ball," Rockies' manager Walt Weiss said of the homer by Desmond. "Desi got the barrel on it. Those are the ones we have to put away." Desmond also had a big go-ahead hit on Monday and is breaking out of a recent slump. "It's been a grind," Desmond said of his recent struggles at the plate.
--RHP Tanner Roark will start on Friday against the Cubs. He has one shutout and has allowed just 91 hits in 99 2/3 innings.
--RF Jayson Werth continues to get hot at the plate after a rough road trip. He had two doubles and three RBIs Tuesday and then hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning of the Wednesday game. Werth also had a single in the first and is now hitting .272.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "The biggest thing was making sure the ball was down in the zone. It was definitely not my best stuff. It was a battle all night. There was a lot of solid contact." -- Nationals LHP Doug Fister after grinding out a win over Colorado on Wednesday.
MLB Team Report - Washington Nationals - ROSTER REPORT
--RHP Ross Ohlendorf (right back strain) went on the 15-day disabled list March 21, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on March 26. He began a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac on May 14. He aggravated the injury May 25.
--OF Eury Perez (left toe fracture) was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse and placed on the 60-day disabled list May 16.
--RHP Erik Davis (Tommy John surgery in April 2014) went on the 60-day disabled list Feb. 13. He will miss the entire season.
RHP Stephen Strasburg
RHP Jordan Zimmermann
RHP Tanner Roark
RHP Doug Fister
LHP Gio Gonzalez
RHP Rafael Soriano (closer)
RHP Tyler Clippard
RHP Drew Storen
RHP Craig Stammen
RHP Aaron Barrett
LHP Jerry Blevins
LHP Ross Detwiler
1B Adam LaRoche
2B Anthony Rendon
SS Ian Desmond
3B Ryan Zimmerman
INF Danny Espinosa
INF Kevin Frandsen
LF Bryce Harper
CF Denard Span
RF Jayson Werth
OF Nate McLouth
OF Scott Hairston