Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Colorado3 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 6121
Washington0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 080
  W: K. Freeland (6-8)   L: P. Corbin (8-15)
1:05 PM PT2:05 PM MT3:05 PM CT4:05 PM ET16:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 PM MST3:05 PM EST3:35 PM VEN0:05 UAE (+1)2:05 PM CT, September 18, 2021
Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia  Attendance: 29,315

Nats' Patrick Corbin faces Rockies, looks to continue turnaround

According to STATS
According to STATS

Colorado Rockies at Washington Nationals

  1. The Rockies won four straight series in Washington, DC from 2015 to 2018, but the Nats took three out of four in the teams' last meeting from July 23-25, 2019 at Nationals Park. The teams will play six times over the remainder of the season.
  2. Colorado has gone 5-1 on its current East Coast road trip in Philadelphia and Atlanta, including one-run wins in each of its last three games. The Rockies have won four straight one-run games just once in franchise history -- from April 10-14, 2011.
  3. Raimel Tapia drove in the game-winning run in the 10th inning on Wednesday, his career-high 47th RBI this season. Tapia is slashing just .209/.260/.284 in 20 games since August 1 after slashing .289/.342/.388 in his first 99 games this season.
  4. Washington left 14 men on base in Wednesday's rubber-match loss to Miami, its second-most in a game this season (15 vs Arizona in a 17-2 win on May 14). The Nats have left 1041 runners on base this season, fourth most in MLB behind the Dodgers (1077), Astros (1047), and Diamondbacks (1043).
  5. Alcides Escobar went 4-for-6 with four singles in Wednesday's loss, his 10th career 4-hit game and first since September 6, 2017. It was his 20th multi-hit game this season, tied for fourth most in the NL since his season debut on July 3.
  6. German Marquez will make his 30th start of the season on Friday, which would be tied for second most in MLB behind Marcus Stroman (31). Marquez has a 3.16 ERA at home compared to a 4.93 mark on the road; that 1.77-run difference is fifth largest in MLB (home better).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/17/2021 thru 9/19/2021

Washington left-hander Patrick Corbin will try to continue his late-season turnaround when the Nationals host the Colorado Rockies on Saturday.

Corbin (8-14, 5.98 ERA), a key part of the World Series championship rotation in 2019, struggled through the abbreviated 2020 season and much of 2021 as well. However, in his last two starts, he's 1-0 with a 3.21 ERA, his best back-to-back efforts since June.

Last Sunday against the Pirates, Corbin allowed two runs on four hits in seven innings to earn his eighth win. It was his second straight seven-inning start.

Corbin said he is "trying to finish this year strong, pitch as deep as I can in the remaining games that I have and end the season on a high note."

The deeper the better for Washington, as the bullpen continues to struggle, allowing four runs in 3 2/3 innings on Friday.

Manager Dave Martinez attributed Corbin's success last time out to keeping the ball down and using both sides of the plate.

The former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher is 10-4 with a 4.51 ERA in 23 games, all but one of them as a starter, against the Rockies.

Colorado, which has won four straight, will counter with left-hander Kyle Freeland (5-8, 4.76). He has struggled in his past two starts, going 0-2 with a 9.58 ERA while giving up five home runs. He left in the first inning with a left hip impingement three starts back.

In Freeland's last time out, Philadelphia got him for four runs in six innings. He blanked the Phillies through the first three.

"It snowballed on me pretty quick," said Freeland, who added that his hip was not bothering him.

Freeland has made four starts against the Nationals, most recently in 2019. He is 2-1 with 2.49 ERA in those appearances.

The Rockies took advantage of Kyle Finnegan's second blown save in two games to rally for a 9-8 win in the opener on Friday after Washington had rallied for two runs in the eighth.

Elias Diaz homered off Finnegan to start the ninth, and the Rockies eventually pushed across another run.

"We try to go away on Diaz. He threw the ball in," manager Dave Martinez said of Finnegan. "He missed his spot by 18 inches. So, we got to get him back. We got to get him back throwing the ball down, away, where he was good, and elevated when he needs to. But he's just missing his location."

Brendan Rogers and Sam Hilliard homered for the Rockies, who won despite being outhit 14-8. Hilliard's homer came just a few days after the death of his father, Jim, from Lou Gehrig's disease.

"I think there's no better way to honor his family, his father, than going out there and playing baseball the way he plays it," manager Bud Black said. "When he performs successfully, it puts a lot of smiles on people's faces."

In his last five games, Hilliard is 6-for-15 (.400) with a double, two home runs and four RBIs.

Colorado has won four straight and six of seven on a road swing through the NL East.

Washington center fielder Lane Thomas, who was acquired from the Cardinals for pitcher Jon Lester at the trade deadline, hit a three-run homer.

In his last eight games, Thomas is 11-for-33 (.333) with two home runs, 11 RBIs, seven walks and nine runs scored. Thomas has reached base safely in 17 of his last 18 games.

Juan Soto reached base four times with three walks and a single.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 18, 2021