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Jordan Zimmerman pitches another Friday night gem, but Nats don’t gain any ground


Washington Nationals Jordan Zimmerman struck out nine, allowed only one walk and two hits in a complete game shutout. He seems to like pitching on Friday nights at Nationals Park. That was win #19 for the NL leader. For the Nats, it was win #83, but they remain five games back of the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates for the play-in game.

The Nats offense produced 8 runs – 7 in the sixth when 11 men batted.

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Will we still be happy that the All-Star Break is over during/after Nats game tonight?

A co-worker asked me this morning about the Washington Nationals. He’s a casual fan going to the Sunday game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, whom he expected to be a better opponent. I suggested that the Dodgers were better than their record now that Yasiel Puig was on the team. I also suggested that the Nats were less than the sum of their parts thus far this season. The lineup, incomplete for so long, is finally healthy so perhaps the players can start hitting around their statistical norms. Even Bryce Harper is slumping a little bit, but who knows, maybe finishing 2nd in the Home Run Derby will get him going. The lack of situational hitting is the biggest problem, a relapse to the 2005-2011 Nats that seemed to lead the NL in runners left on base annually. Well, maybe not in 2008 and 2009.

We are also really overdue for a Ryan Zimmerman walk-off.

On the pitching front, Stephen Strasburg is having an “off year” while sporting an ERA of 2.99. Gio Gonzalez has settled into a groove after a mediocre start while Jordan Zimmermann is an All-Star (and rural American!) who hasn’t been quite as good of late, but clearly the leader on the staff. The backend hasn’t been good with Ross Detwiler on the DL twice and having trouble getting through the order a third time. Dan Haren, on the other hand, has had trouble getting through the order once, though has shown signs of improvement.

The Nats are six games back of the Atlanta Braves and catching them over the next 67 games is certainly possible, some even say probable. But it probably won’t happen all at once if it does — read Nats Pennant Push for more as you watch games while breathing into a paper bab. and September scheduling favors the Braves.

They can win the NL East, but it will likely be a slog. I thought that some of the preseason predictions of greater than 98 wins was wishful thinking, but 48-47 at the break was not something I anticipated. On Opening Day, I predicted 94 wins and I think that’s optimistic at this point.

Of course, if the Nats just wear their red caps and the Braves don’t wear their alternate jerseys, it’ll all work out!

MSM PREVIEWS

Washington Nationals have their work cut out for themThe Post

Washington Nationals storylines to watch in second halfThe Wash. Times

2nd half storylinesCSN Washington

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS

They found a few!

It starts up again at 7:05 tonight — 11 game homestand. Time to get going.

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Zimmermann, Nats beat Dodgers 6-2; Harper runs into a wall and is listed as day-to-day, but aren’t we all?

After another brutal game 7 loss for the Washington Capitals (more on that later) what D.C. fans absolutely did not need was Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper running into a wall.

That’s from SB Nation: Bryce Harper injury: Nationals outfielder hurt after colliding with wall.

Probably not a good idea in a 6-0 game to go for the play and not settle for playing the ball off the carom.

Harper is listed as day-to-day, but aren’t we all?

I’m sure The Post will have a side-by-side breakdown comparing Harper running into a wall with Babe Ruth running into a wall at Griffith Stadium (Ghosts of DC).

Ruth knocked out (LOC)

Bryce Harper receives 11 stitches, no concussion after nasty collision with Dodgers Stadium fence [UPDATED] – Nationals Journal, The Post

Lots of photos on Nats Enquirer: Bryce Harper runs into Dodger Stadium wall, leaves game shaken up and bleeding…

Get well, Bryce, LOVE the stirrups!

The good news is the Nats beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-2 after that awful series with the Chicago Cubs. Jordan Zimmermann is the first MLB 7 game winner of 2013.

Ryan Zimmerman drove 3 runs.

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Nats: Another strong Zimmermann start brings first D.C. win over Tigers since 1971

Jordan Zimmermann and his awful post-game shirt (Nats Enquirer) is the first National League 6-game winner of 2013. From The PostNationals vs. Tigers: Jordan Zimmermann, Bryce Harper lead way to another win:

The Nationals’ starting rotation includes three all-stars and a former sixth overall pick. The best of them, though, is the 26-year-old Wisconsin native with more pitches than facial expressions, a fact further established Wednesday night during the Nationals’ 3-1 victory over the fearsome Detroit Tigers. Zimmermann added seven more innings of dominance to his 2013 ledger, the one that marks him not only as the Nationals’ ace, but also one of the very best pitchers in baseball.

The Nats beat Anabel Sanchez for the first time in 20 tries.

Zimmermann’s 20 inning scoreless streak was broken in the third when Torii Hunter scored from second (he had a two-out double) on a Miguel Cabrera single.

Adam LaRoche scored the winning run on a throwing error by Hunter.

Bryce Harper homered, his tenth:

Another streak was broken — a nearly 42 year losing streak to the Tigers. The last time a D.C. team beat the Tigers in the regular season was August 3, 1971 (Boxscore from baseball-reference.com). Denny McLain pitched 8 innings for the Senators against his former team in a 4-2 win in Tiger Stadium. McClain improved his record to 6-15. Joe Niekro (3-5) and Casey Cox earned the save (5) for Washington. Frank Howard hit his 20th homer.

The “Curse of Denny McLain,” which I just made up, is over!

Coincidentally, the Detroit Lions have never won in Washington (or Landover) in over 75 years of playing the Redskins. That was for you J.J.

ALSO, did you see the Nats backed down from their stupid rain-out policy?

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Nats take Reds series, head to Atlanta

I’ll admit, I had grown skeptical of the 2013 Washington Nationals and I did not see the series victory over the Cincinnati Reds coming. Three wins in a row followed by a dud yesterday. The dominant pitching of the first two nights was quite refreshing, in particular Jordan Zimmermann’s outstanding complete game on Friday night. They took the regular season Reds series 4-3.

An opprutunity is in front of the Nats this week with four games against the Atlanta Braves, who stormed out of the gate this season. They’ve already had some fun with “Natitude” and are now pushing “Gattitude” (DC Sports Bog, The Post) for their young catcher, Evan Gattis. Divisions aren’t won in April though, but a bad series here makes the climb back harder for D.C.

One thing leftover from that difficult sweep a few weeks ago — I recall reading a post about the Braves broadcasters suggesting the Nats rise through the draft was not the “right way” because they built the team off of #1 overall picks through losing. The Nats couldn’t do things that way — MLB’s ownership tenure left the franchise so barren that they couldn’t build any other way.

BRYCE HARPER, YEAR ONE

Not a bad start to Bryce Harper’s career? The anniversary of his debut was this weekend. A documentary is on ESPN tomorrow (DC Sports Bog, The Post) night at 9 p.m. Also, D.C. sports world’s collide – Jess Atkinson, local product turned Washington Redskins kicker and then sports anchor, produced it. Too much too soon? Probably.

KIND OF BORING BOSWELL CHAT

Read it anyway.

ON THIS DAY IN 1886


The Washington Nationals debuted in the National League
D.C. Baseball History

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Nats: Is Jordan Zimmermann’s 1 hitter the best pitched game in D.C. since 1931?

Jordan Zimmermann just pitched a one-hitter for the Washington Nationals, perhaps the best start by a D.C. pitcher since the August 8, 1931 no-hitter by Bobby Burke of the Washington Senators. Zimmermann allowed one hit, one walk and an error. Burke walked five Boston Red Sox that day, so Zimmermann’s may have actually been a better game.

Zimmermann’s line:

    		        IP   H   R  ER	BB  SO	HR  ERA
Zimmermann(W, 4-1)	9.0  1	 0  0	1   4	0   2.00

Boxscore

This is the second night in a row the Nats held the visiting Cincinnati Reds to a single hit for the second night in a row. The last time that happened ALMOST 113 YEARS AGO!

That was the Superbas who last did this to the Reds. The Superbas!

If I recall correctly, there was one previous one-hitter complete game since baseball returned to the District in 2005, but I’m still looking for it.

The one run of the game was scored by Bryce Harper who tripled in the 4th and was knocked in by a Jayson Werth single. Homer Bailey pitched very well in the loss.

MORE DETAILS COURTESY OF FEDERAL BASEBALL

THE FRIDAY CURSE IS OVER!

GAMERS

Jordan Zimmermann and Nationals one-hit Reds for second night in a rowThe Post

Zimmermann the Nats’ latest 1-hit wonderCSN Washington

Jordan Zimmermann dominates Reds with one-hit shutoutThe Wash. Times

The Nats are now 12-11.

TOMORROW

Dan Haren on the mound for D.C., game on FOX.

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Nothing helps a struggling team like the Marlins; Nats, Zimmermann cruise 10-3

Big night at the Orange Bowl Marlins Park where the Washington Redskins Nationals beat the Miami Dolphins Marlins 10-3.

Jordan Zimmermann went the distance, giving up 3 runs over 9 innings and only 103 pitches. It is the Nats first complete game of 2013 and his first complete game win.

Ryan Zimmerman
had 4 RBI, including his first home run of the season. What took so long?

We’ll overlook all the runners thrown out on the bases.

140 CHARACTERS OR LESS

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Nats sweep Marlins, begin MLB schedule tonight against Reds

The Washington Nationals completed their sweep of the Miami Marlins by doing something they had not done all season — give up a run. Jordan Zimmermann scattered 8 hits over 6 innings, giving up a solo homer to Justin Ruggiano in the second. By then, Ryan Zimmerman had already knocked two runs in for the Nats (VIDEO). Bryce Harper got an elbow to the face (The Wash. Times) scoring the second run, but no there was no retaliation against catcher Rob Brantley. Yet.

The bullpen — Henry Rodriguez, Tyler Clippard and Craig Stammen all recorded holds, giving up no runs.

The game’s highlight though was Jayson Werth‘s 434 foot home run – I guess his wrist is feeling better (Nationals Journal, The Post).

The Nats did what they had to do — the swept the woeful Marlins. While the Marlins aren’t any good, those games count in the standings and the Nats have always had trouble with them. They real schedule starts tonight in Cincinnati. Like the Nats, the Reds won their division, but lost the NLDS last season. It is a big early test after a freebie.

A part of me is still expecting Jesus Colome to blow a lead tonight and ruin the whole season.

The curly W flag flies again

THE TWITTER MACHINE

IN SCORES OF OTHER GAMES

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Nats: Jayson Werth hits walk-off homer to beat Cardinals in 2-1 thriller, push NLDS to Game 5

Last night goes down as one of the great nights in the Washington Nationals history. Following 9 innings of 1 run (unearned) pitching by Ross Detwiler, Jordan Zimmermann, Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen, Jayson Werth led off the bottom of the 9th inning. The outfielder, oft-maligned for his enormous contract, faced 12 Lance Lynn pitches – 10 after taking the first 2 for called strikes and worked a full
count. A fascinating stat:

Prior to the 13th pitch, Charlie Slowes hinted to his partner Dave Jageler that Werth had been in this sort of situation before.

Werth’s home run was the game-winner in a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. The
Slowes call on the Washington Nationals Radio Network summoned the home run (DC Sports Bog, The Post. ) is required listening – Slowes saw it coming.

Werth’s homer created pandemonium at WWN headquarters. The four year old resident — the same one who wanted to “play baseball” before the game and wound up pitching a hollow plastic ball to his father (holding his son’s hollow plastic bat) for a little bit was bouncing around yelling “THEY WON!”

Throughout the day, few Nats fans made the effort to conceal their anxiety following yesterday’s 12-4 beat-down. Elation prevailed as the series would be extended to the full five games.

It would not have gotten that far without the performance of Detwiler’s career, to date. The Missouri native pitched 6 innings with no earned runs and more pitches than he had ever thrown as a major leaguer. Zimmermann made his first relief appearance since his days at A-Carolina League Potomac and struck out three, hitting 97 m.p.h. Clippard struck out three and walked one. Storen pitched in danger a little bit, but Ian Desmond, atoning for the earlier error that contributed to the Cardinals one run, made a running, back-handed overhead catch in left field to end the ninth inning.

The Nats prevailed on two solo home runs — a runner never reached scoring position. While unorthodox, that proved an effective way to deal with awful hitting with runners in scoring position during this series. Kyle Loshe pitched well for St. Louis and has nothing to show for it but some attaboys in the dugout.

The series concludes tomorrow with Gio Gonzalez facing Adam Wainwright for a trip to the NLCS to face the San Francisco Giants who came back from 2-0 to win 3 straight on the road to eliminate the Cincinnati Reds.

DOES THE CREDIT GO TO “THE MAN IN THE DUGOUT, NOT ON THE 25-MAN ROSTER?

Mark DeRosa, who is not on the 25 man roster, but still with the team, read aloud the famous “Man in the Arena” speech. He closed it by saying, “do you know how said that? Teddy expletive deleted Roosevelt.

Teddy Roosevelt speech spurs Nationals to Game 4 victoryLet Teddy Win
Mark DeRosa read Theodore Roosevelt speech to Nationals before Game 4The Post

ADAM KILGORE WITH A GREAT DEADLINE RECAP

NLDS Game 4: Jayson Werth homer wins it for the Nationals in the bottom of the ninthThe Post

MARK ZUCKERMAN WITH THE HISTORICAL ANGLE
Nats live to see another dayCSN Washington

And play again the Nationals will. They’ll be right back on South Capitol Street at 8:37 p.m. Friday for a winner-take-all Game 5 of what has become a remarkable series between one young ballclub that posted the sport’s best regular-season record and a veteran-laden squad trying to retain its World Series crown.

And they’ll do it in front of another sellout crowd that experienced more dizzying highs and terrifying lows over 2 hours and 55 minutes Thursday — not to mention over the last five days — than three generations of Washington baseball fans ever hoped to realize.

JOE POSNANSKI WRITES ABOUT FEARLESS LEADER

Davey – Joe Blogs

THE FIRST DRAFT

My wife asked to wear my Nats jersey to work today. She wants to go to tonight’s game, so if you have a pair of tickets, let me know.

I’m still nervous…

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