August 19, 2019

Washington Nationals Game 128 Review: Zimmermann, Zimmerman lead Nats over Marlins

THREE HOMERS POWER NATS, EAST LEAD AT 5 1/2

Jordan Zimmermann pitched seven solid innings, Ryan Zimmerman homered and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 5-1 at Nats Park.

Coupled with the New York Mets 3-1 loss to Boston, the Nats cut their deficit in the N.L. East to 5 1/2 games.

Ryan Zimmerman clubbed his 12th home run of the season in the second inning off Marlins starter Tom Koehler, landing it well into the seats on the Red Porch. It was his career homer No. 196.

In the third, Danny Espinosa reached on a bunt and Jordan Zimmerman tried to sacrifice, but Koehler fumbled the pickup and Zimmermann ended up safe as well. Jayson Werth grounded into a double play, moving Espinosa to third, and Anthony Rendon’s single to right plated Espinosa with the Nats second run.

The Nats added three more in the sixth as Koehler ran out of gas. Rendon singled softly to right to lead off the inning. After Bryce Harper struck out and Zimmerman popped out, Clint Robinson poked one into the visitor’s bullpen — his sixth of the year. Ian Desmond followed with an absolute blast to the batter’s eye in dead center to make it 5-0.

Justin Bour got the Marlins on the board in the seventh, with a solo home run to lead the inning off. But Zimmermann came back to get the next three batters to limit the damage, and subsequently end his evening.

Zimmermann (W, 11-8, went seven solid innings, allowing the one run and scattering seven hits and one walk, striking out four. He threw 72 of his 106 pitches for strikes.

Matt Thornton pitched a scoreless eighth, and Jonathan Papelbon had a 1-2-3 ninth to cement the win.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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