November 17, 2019

Washington Nationals Game 158 Review: Nats Shutout in Atlanta

THE FLOGGING WILL CONTINUE UNTIL MORALE IMPROVES

Jordan Zimmermann drew the loss on Wednesday night at Turner Field in what was likely his final outing in a Nationals Uniform. The offense was sluggish and unable to produce, which surprises precisely no one at this point. A.J. Pierczynski and Michael Bourn added RBIs for the Braves in the first and second frames.

It’s hard to overstate the value of a pitcher like Zimmermann to the Nationals over the last half decade. He finishes his Nationals career at 70-50, a 3.32 ERA, and some of the most memorable mound moments in Nationals history.

The Braves struck early in the first, on a Nick Markakis double, followed by a single from A.J. Pierczynski. Michael Bourn singled in Todd Cunningham to add a second run in the second inning, marking the end of the offense for the night. Zimmermann settled down into a groove, scattering two hits after the second, and walking one and striking out another.

The Nationals couldn’t break through on Wednesday night, going 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. They left seven runners aboard, more than once leaving a pair aboard, having gotten them there with one out. The Nationals offense has been a source of much frustration for fans this year, and Wednesday night everything came up zeroes.

Jordan Zimmermann deserved a better farewell from his teammates, but given the farewell he was given from management last week at Nationals Park, I suppose that’s to be epected. Nothing is going right in Natstown these days. And that’s an awful pity.

HERO: Thanks for everything, Jordan Zimmermann. We’ll miss you.

GOAT: No goats, not tonight.

About Tom Bridge

Tom Bridge is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Nationals. Tom has been in love with baseball since he was 10. He is a founding editor of We Love DC, where he covered the Nationals and Capitals as a credentialed writer for four seasons. He grew up as an Oakland Athletics fan in the Central Valley in California, where he learned to appreciate Bill King, Mark McGwire and even Tony LaRussa. By day, he is a partner at Technolutionary LLC, where he handles IT operations. He cannot abide the Cardinals. You can follow Tom on Twitter @TomBridgeDSP.

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