August 12, 2022

Washington Nationals Game 66 Review: Lack of Offense Spoils Zimmermann’s Outing

Jordan Zimmermann gave the Washington Nationals all he had, but it was not enough to compete with the St. Louis Cardinals’ Lance Lynn Friday night at Busch Stadium.

Lynn held the Nats to just two hits of scoreless baseball through eight before Trevor Rosenthal closed out the Cards’ 1-0 win.

The Nats’ bats have struggled as of late, having accounted for just one run in the past 14 innings. Still, the Nats narrowly hold onto first place in the NL East, tied with the Atlanta Braves and one game up on the Miami Marlins.

As has so often been the case, the Nats failed to provide run support in an otherwise stellar pitching performance. Zimmermann tossed eight innings of three-hit, one-run baseball, while striking out five and walking just one over 76 pitches thrown.

Lynn held the Nats hitless until Jose Lobaton singled in the top of the sixth. Zimmermann popped out in the next at-bat and Denard Span lined out to end the half-inning without advancing the runner.

The Nats’ only other hit happened in the seventh when Jayson Werth singled with one out in the seventh.

Long before that point, however, the Nats were already in a one-run hole, thanks to a solo shot off the bat of Matt Adams in the second. The homer marked his fourth of the season.

With the undeserved loss, Zimmermann is now 5-3 on the season with a 2.98 ERA. Lynn now boasts a 7-4 record with a 3.69 ERA.

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