August 20, 2019

Washington Nationals Spring Training: Zimmermann strong again, Nats tie Cards

RYAN ZIMMERMAN LEAVES GAME AFTER DIVE, AWKWARD LEAP

Jordan Zimmermann allowed one earned run on four hits over six innings in his next-to-last start of spring training and the Washington Nationals added another tie to the ledger with a 1-1 finish against the St. Louis Cardinals at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida.

Following the game, Zimmermann told reporters in Florida “it’s not looking good” for the veteran righty to sign a contract extension before opening day, and he reiterated that he would not negotiate during the season, all but assuring that he will hit the open market as a free agent at the conclusion of the 2015 season.

As for the game, Zimmermann sparkled again. Only once did he allow more than one runner to reach in an inning, and that came in the fourth when the Cardinals got their run. Randal Grichuk led off with a single and went to third on Matt Adams’ double to left.

After Stephen Piscotty struck out, Kolten Wong grounded out to first and Grichuk scored. He retired seven of the next eight batters to end his day.

The Nats got their only run in the second off Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez. Dan Uggla walked to lead off. After Michael Taylor flied out, Jose Lobaton (3 for 3, 2 doubles) doubled to center and Uggla came around to score. The Nats never really threatened again.

NATS NOTES:

  • Ryan Zimmerman started at first and walked in his only at bat. He dove for a ball in the first, then leaped awkwardly to retrieve a throw in the second. He was removed from the game. Afterwards, manager Matt Williams said Zimmerman was “fine”, but with the rash of injuries it’s hard not to be concerned.
  • Bryce Harper returned after missing two games with a stomach bug. He went 1 for 4 with two strikeouts.
  • Tony Gwynn Jr led off and went 2 for 4.
  • Drew Storen made his first appearance since hamate surgery on his left wrist. He gave up a hit and a walk in a scoreless inning of relief.
  • Blake Treinen and Rich Hill also worked scoreless innings.

 

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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