July 30, 2014

Washington Nationals Game 103 Review: Soriano implodes; Marlins score four in ninth to complete comeback

Before the runs came late, Jordan Zimmermann was the story of the game.

The stoic Wisconsin right-hander, a two-time All-Star, commanded his fastball and dominated the Miami Marlins over seven innings, leading the Washington Nationals to a 6-0 lead into the late innings in Marlins Park in Miami.

But the Marlins didn’t get the script, getting eight hits in the last three innings to overcome the six-run deficit, capped by Jeff Baker’s walkoff double to lift Miami to a stunning, come-from-way-behind 7-6 win.

Zimmermann allowed two earned runs — both in the seven inning — on four hits and one walk, striking out six along the way. He left with the Nats leading comfortably at 6-2. [Read more...]

Washington Nationals Game 98 Review: Zimmerman injured, Nationals power past Rockies

RYAN ZIMMERMAN INJURED IN SIXTH AS NATIONALS RALLY PAST ROCKIES

A mile above sea level at Coors Field on Tuesday night, the Washington Nationals came back to defeat the Colorado Rockies 7-4. The victory didn’t come without a cost, however, as Ryan Zimmerman was pulled from the game in the sixth inning with a right leg injury.

The Nationals’ other Zimmerman(n), Jordan Zimmermann, took the mound for his first start since his early exit on July 11th due to a strained right biceps. On Tuesday, he just wasn’t his best and Washington fell into an early hole because of it. [Read more...]

Washington Nationals vs Colorado Rockies Preview

After taking 2-for-3 from the Milwaukee Brewers, the Washington Nationals now head out west for a three-game series with the Colorado Rockies. [Read more...]

Washington Nationals Game 91 Review: Zimmermann Exits Early, Nats Lose to Phillies 6-2

ZIMMERMANN LEAVES IN 4TH INNING WITH “BICEPS CRAMP”

In front of just over 30,000 people at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, the Washington Nationals dropped game one of their three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies 6-2. In the process, they were also delivered quite the injury scare. [Read more...]

Nats Nightly: Nationals 2-1 over Cubs on Ryan Zimmerman eighth inning RBI single

Dave Nichols of District Sports Page and Patrick Reddington and “Doghouse” of Federal Baseball discuss the Washington Nationals 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs to win the season series.

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Washington Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann earns All-Star status

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann was named to the National League All-Star team Sunday. He was voted to the team as a result of the players’ ballot. Second baseman Anthony Rendon was named one of the “final five” to be voted on by the fans.

Zimmermann will make his second All-Star game appearance, having gone to the game in 2013.

Zimmermann, 28, is 6-4 with a 2.95 ERA and 1.186 WHIP this season. He has struck out 7.9 per nine innings against 1.6 walks per nine and has allowed just six home runs in 103 2/3 innings.

Rendon, 24, is hitting .286/.343/.489 with 12 homers and 50 RBIs in 82 games. The others on the final vote ballot are Anthony Rizzo (CHC), Justin Morneau (COL), Casey McGehee (MIA) and Justin Upton (ATL).

 

Washington Nationals Game 87 Review: Zimmerman’s single in eighth delivers Nats 2-1 win

Since moving back to his more familiar third base, Ryan Zimmerman has coincidentally also been on a tear at the plate. The run continued Sunday, as his eighth inning single scored Denard Span, lifting the Washington Nationals to a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs before 32,941 at sun-drenched Nationals Park.

Zimmerman is now 11-for-21 with six RBIs since Bryce Harper returned to the lineup and Zimmerman re-took his spot at third base.

Span led off the eighth inning with a hustle double to right field. After Anthony Rendon lined out and Jayson Werth struck out against Cubs reliever Pedro Strop (L, 1-4, 3.03), Adam LaRoche was intentionally walked, bringing up Zimmerman. The Nats’ veteran laced a 1-1 slider to left field which easily scored Span. LaRoche drew the cutoff throw away from the plate and was tagged out between second and third for the final out of the inning.

Rafael Soriano pitched an eventless 1-2-3 inning in the ninth for his 21st save of the season.

Zimmerman’s heroics made a winner of Tyler Clippard, who put his first two runners on, then wiggled out of the jam to pitch a scoreless top of the eighth.

Jordan Zimmermann turned in another exemplary start for the Nats (48-39). The stoic righty gave up no runs on seven hits and one walk over six innings, striking out five.

The Cubs(38-48) managed their lone run off Drew Storen in the seventh, as the reliever gave up two hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning. Jerry Blevins struck out Luis Valbuena with runners on to keep the game tied at that point.

The Nats scored their first run in the first inning off Cubs starter Jake Arrieta. Span doubled, went to third on Rendon’s groundout and scored on Werth’s hard-hit grounder to third.

The Nats start a two-game series with the Baltimore Orioles on Monday. Stephen Strasburg (7-6, 3.53) hosts Chris Tillman (7-4, 4.21) at 7:05 pm.

Washington Nationals Game 82 Review: Zimmermann Secures Win in Harper’s Return

At long last, balance is restored at Nationals Park. After missing 57 games with a torn ligament in his left thumb, Bryce Harper returned to the Washington Nationals’ lineup Monday night, helping his team to a 7-3 win over the Colorado Rockies.

Perhaps reenergized by Harper’s return to the lineup, the Nationals tallied seven runs for the second night in a row to ensure Jordan Zimmermann walked away with his sixth win of the season.

Zimmermann’s six innings pitched featured a fair share of missteps. The Nats’ right-hander gave up two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. But, with the team’s offense firing away, it was more than enough to stifle the Rockies.

Harper batted in a run on a night that appropriately featured his bobblehead giveaway. Even more, Ian Desmond batted in three runs and Adam LaRoche hit a monster solo shot to further aid the Nationals’ efforts. [Read more...]

Washington Nationals Game 76 Review: Zimmerman’s homer in 16th ends longest game in Nats history

Ryan Zimmerman couldn’t have picked a better time to hit his first home run back from injury.

Zimmerman’s two-run shot in the top of the 16th inning propelled the Washington Nationals to a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers — in the longest game innings-wise in Nats history.

With one out in the 16th, Adam LaRoche slammed a one hopper off the right field wall for a single. Zimmerman then watched two in the dirt before crushing the 2-0 offering over the left field fence off Brewers reliever Mike Fiers.

To add to the act, Zimmerman made a spectacular diving catch in the bottom of the inning to help preserve the win, as Rafael Soriano nailed down his 18th save of the season.

The Nats jumped on top of Yovanni Gallardo and the Brewers in the first inning. Denard Span led off with a single, stole second and went to third on Anthony Rendon’s infield single. Span then scored on Jayson Werth’s routine ground out.

Jordan Zimmermann ran into trouble in the fourth but escaped any damage with a big strikeout of Khris Davis to end the inning. But the Brewers took the lead in the fifth, as Ryan Braun delivered a two-out, two-run ground ball single just out of the reach of shortstop Ian Desmond.

Zimmermann grinded out six innings and allowed just the two earned runs on six hits and two walks, striking out nine along the way.

Rendon (3-for-5)  tied it in the eighth with his 12th home run of the year, a blast that narrowly avoided Carlos Gomez’ leap at the fence in right center field.

The teams traded zeros in extras but it was not without some tension.

In the bottom of the 13th, the Brewers got a runner to third with two outs. Manager Matt Williams instructed Ross Detwiler to walk Jonathan Lucroy intentionally to face Carlos Gomez. Detwiler was able to retire Gomez with a  soft line drive to short to end the inning.

Detwiler, much maligned this season, gave the Nats four scoreless innings of relief in extra innings, allowing just two hits and a walk.

In the top of the 14th, back-to-back singles by Zimmerman and Desmond gave the Nats life with one out, but Danny Espinosa and Jose Lobaton couldn’t get the job done.

Then in the bottom of the inning, with Drew Storen on the hill, Denard Span and Jayson Werth both made impressive gave-saving catches with a man on first.

  • Zimmermann, a Wisconsin native, pitched before dozens of friends and family.
  • Bryce Harper hit a mammoth home run in Potomac in his second appearance of his rehab assignment, and proclaimed no problems with his hand after the game. Wilson Ramos caught all nine innings. “I’m ready to rejoin the team and help them win games,” Ramos said after the game. He said he would fly to Chicago Wednesday to be ready to play Thursday.
  • The Nats continued to run against Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Denard Span, Ian Desmond and Anthony Rendon all had stolen bases. Span’s steal set up the Nats’ first run of the game in the first inning.
  • Jerry Blevins, Aaron Barrett and Craig Stammen all provided a scoreless inning of relief, though Blevins and Barrett both walked their first batters.

Washington Nationals vs Milwaukee Brewers Series Preview

After splitting their four-game series with the Atlanta Braves, the Washington Nationals now hit the road. They open their trip with a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers. [Read more...]

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