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Rain delay knocks out Gio, LeMahieu leads Rockies over Nats

Rain delay knocks out Gio, LeMahieu leads Rockies over Nats

Postgame analysis of the Nats' 6-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night at Coors Field.

How it happened: Mention the names Giancarlo Stanton and Freddie Freeman around Nationals fans and they will cringe. They have absolutely killed the Nats over the years, and on a regular basis, too, as members of the NL East. 

He doesn't play in their division, but D.J. LeMahieu may be worthy of their company. The Rockies second baseman followed up his 4-for-4 night on Monday with three hits and a walk on Tuesday, as Colorado snapped the Nats' three-game winning streak.

LeMahieu, in fact, fell just a double short of the cycle. He hit a two-run homer off Gio Gonzalez, part of just three innings for the Nats starter. Gonzalez' night was cut short due to a two hour and five-minute rain delay.

LeMahieu is now batting 28-for-72 (.389) in 20 career games against the Nats. That's the highest batting average he has against any team in the NL. He has raised his season average by 11 points already in this series, from .331 to .342. That pushes him past Wilson Ramos for second among all NL hitters.

When Gonzalez left, the game was tied. But it was all Rockies after they resumed play. They got one run off Yusmeiro Petit in the fifth inning on a Nolan Arenado groundout. Colorado then got three more in the seventh inning off Oliver Perez and Blake Treinen.

The Nats got both of their runs in the third inning. One came in on a groundout by Bryce Harper. The other was on an RBI single by Ramos. 

Jayson Werth singled in the third inning to reach base for the 44th straight game and set a new Nationals record with the streak.

What it means: The Nationals will now aim for a series win in the rubber match on Wednesday afternoon. They fell to 70-48 on the year, but the Marlins lost so the Nats remain up 8 1/2 games in the division.

Disaster of a 7th: Perez began the inning after Brian Goodwin pinch-hit for Petit in the previous frame. Perez got the first out, but then gave up a double to Gerardo Parra and a walk to Charlie Blackmon. That brought LeMahieu to the plate and Treinen through the bullpen door. 

Treinen finally prevented LeMahieu from getting a hit after he began the series 7-for-7, but it came at the expense of a walk. And that loaded the bases for Arenado, who brought in a run on his sacrifice fly. Treinen would intentionally walk Carlos Gonzalez to load the bases again, then serve up a two-RBI double to David Dahl. All told, the Rockies scored three runs in the seventh and essentially put the game on ice.

Perez got charged with two of the runs and has now allowed four earned in 2 2/3 innings in the month of August.

Gonzalez gives back the lead: Gonzalez' night was cut short by the rain delay, but he was already running into some trouble and had seen his pitch count soar because of it. Gio made it three innings on 60 pitches with two earned runs allowed on four hits, including LeMahieu's homer. LeMahieu hit a two-run shot to tie the game at 2-2. Gonzalez also gave up doubles to Nick Hundley and Blackmon.

For Gonzalez, his rain-shortened night came at an unfortunate time. He was chasing career win No. 100 and now remains stuck at 99-75.

Werth sets Nats record: Not bad for a 37-year-old, huh? Werth pushed his streak to 44 games on Tuesday, edging Ryan Zimmerman's mark of 43 set in 2009. Werth's streak is the best in Nats history and it matches the second-best mark for the francise. Former Expos outfielder Tim Raines also got on in 44 straight. The record holder is Rusty Staub, who reached in 46 consecutive games back in 1969-70.

Up next: The series finale will be a 3:10 p.m. first pitch with Stephen Strasburg (15-3, 3.07) starting for the Nats and former third overall pick Jon Gray (8-6, 4.55) pitching for Colorado.

[RELATED: Werth sets Nats record for reaching base in consecutive games]


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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.

Dancing is not.

On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor. 

With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch." 

Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.

While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."


It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.

While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle. 

106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 am ET. You can stream the Sports Junkies right here

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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.

It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.

They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training. 


Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.

Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.

Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.