Baseball Toaster Bad Altitude
Rockies 3, Nationals 2
2005-07-20 21:45
by Mark T.R. Donohue

Raise your voices, Rockies fans! It just doesn't get any better than this! Well, not this year, anyway. J.D. Closser homers (take that, Danny Ardoin)! Jason Jennings dominates (take that, trade rumors)! Livan Hernandez plunks four (take that, sundry exposed Rockies parts)!

While the local pressmen will no doubt make a big deal out of Colorado taking two of three from a first-place club, it's important to remember the caliber of the lineup the Nationals ran out tonight. Jamey Carroll, Brian Schneider, and Carlos Baerga are hardly intimidating presences. Washington hardly looks like a team long for playoff contention. Well, it was nice while it lasted.

The good news for the Rockies is Matt Holliday appears all the way back (2 for 4 with a double), Cory Sullivan is reacting positively to getting regular starts in the leadoff spot (two hits AND a walk), and Closser looks like a new man (a single and a walk in addition to the homer). Nearly the whole Rockies bullpen got a look after Jennings left early with a baserunning injury, and Acevedo, DeJean, Miceli, and Fuentes did not disappoint, going four scoreless with four hits and three strikeouts. Hooray, road series win! I'm so happy I could almost forget we're still 33-60!

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