Ohlendorf making Nats debut at Coors Field

The Nationals send right-hander Ross Ohlendorf to the mound at Coors Field tonight, hoping the veteran can square the series at a game apiece in his Washington debut.

In three career starts in the Mile High City, Ohlendorf is 1-1 with a 6.94 ERA, having only lasted a combined 11 2/3 innings and yielding four homers in the thin Denver air. Maybe Ohlendorf can use his Princeton education to come up with a game plan to keep the ball in the park.

He hasn’t pitched in the majors since last year, when he went 4-4 with a 7.77 ERA for the Padres. The Nationals signed the 30-year-old to a minor league contract on Jan. 5.

Jeff Kobernus gets his second career big league start tonight, this time in left field. Jhonatan Solano, who spent some time with Ohlendorf at Triple-A Syracuse earlier this season and has an idea of how the 6-foot-4 right-hander likes to work, will be behind the plate.

Here’s the Nationals lineup:

CF Denard Span
LF Jeff Kobernus
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
2B Anthony Rendon
C Jhonatan Solano
RHP Ross Ohlendorf

And for the Rockies:

CF Dexter Fowler
2B Jonathan Herrera
LF Carlos Gonzalez
SS Troy Tulowitzki
1B Todd Helton
3B Nolan Arenado
RF Tyler Colvin
C Yorvit Torrealba
LHP Jorge De La Rosa

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