This was not as ugly as the score indicates, but was every bit as ugly as this picture of the field indicates.
The Rockies played fairly well tonight for seven innings, The Nationals just played a little better.
So many losses have been frustratiing because it felt like the Rockies gave it away. This wasn't one of those. The Nationals just came in and took it. Everytime the Rockies battled back, which was often, the Nationals distanced themselves some more. A sign of a solid baseball team.
Of course everything changed in the 8th inning when the field conditions became out of control. The field was a total cesspool of mud and slop. Something that Nats must love to play in. They hit for 40 minutes in that 8th inning, scoring seven runs and making the score look more lopsided than it probably would have been it better conditions.
That's not to take anything away from the Nats. They just do their job. And honestly, right now, very few teams are doing their job better.
Losing Player: Jhoulys Chacin
His line looks awful. It would look much better if not for two mistakes to Ryan Zimmerman. Zimmerman crushed both a total of about 850 feet. That equaled five of the six runs Chacin allowed in five innings.
He'll have better days, and he'll learn to avoid those mistakes in the future.
For more on this slopfest of a game read my Running Thoughts.