Nationals Rally Against Astros

Nationals Rally Against Astros
April 29, 2014, 9:30 pm
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The Nationals rallied in the late innings to defeat the Astros 4-3.

TURNING POINT

Adam LaRoche delivered in the ninth with the game-winning hit. He also tied the game in the previous inning.

STARTING PITCHING

Jarred Cosart gave up two runs in the first three innings, but repeatedly came up big pitching out of trouble when he needed to. Cosart’s final pitching line was five hits and two runs given up through six innings while striking out six and walking two. A very solid start.

BULLPEN

Anthony Bass had a flawless seventh. Raul Valdes came in and couldn't get fellow lefty LaRoche out as LaRoche tied the game with a double off the wall in left-center, driving in Jayson Werth. Chad Qualls came in and was impressive as he got out of trouble. Josh Fields made his first appearance since suffering tightness in his quad. He gave up LaRoche's winning hit.

AT THE PLATE

George Springer’s two-run single in the third was encouraging for Astros Nation to see. The rookie is still adjusting to the speed of the big leagues. Nothing like a two-run, two-out single for a little boost. However, that third inning was all the Astros could muster as far as runs.

IN THE FIELD

Jose Altuve made a sharp play in the third when he decided to go to third on a grounder. He nailed Jose Lobaton for the out. That proved extremely helpful in Cosart getting out of the frame with only one run given up.

UP NEXT

Brett Oberholtzer looks to bounce back from his worst start of his career (he pretty much delivered quality starts non-stop until last week) against the Nationals’ Jordan Zimmerman. Zimmerman hasn’t quite started off 2014 the way he pitched in 2013. Last year, Zimmerman was 19-9 with a 3.25 ERA. In five starts this season, Zimmerman is 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA.