Nats fall to Braves; Zimmerman ejected, but might be best player to build around in MLB

A day after Scott Olsen reminded us that he is probably a 5 inning pitcher at best (though he disagrees) the Washington Nationals looked to tie their midweek series with the Atlanta Braves. Despite Ryan Zimmerman’s first ever ejection (video from nationals.com) — manager Jim Riggleman was also sent to the clubhouse with is de facto captain, the Nats went into the ninth inning tied at 2. Tyler Clippard though, in relief of Sean Burnett, had no control and yielded the game winning hit to rookie of the year candidate Jason Heyward. Final score 3-2, Atlanta (The Post). Burnett took the loss though.

At least the Nats fared better than normal against Braves starter Tim Hudson, getting two runs off of him in the 3rd inning. DC stater Liván Hernández also gave up two runs. In fact the two lines were fairly similar:

¡LIVAN! 7.0IP 9H 2R 2ER 2BB 1K 0HR 94-56PC-ST
Hudson 7.0IP 8H 2R 2ER 2BB 2K 0HR 90-60PC-ST

¡LIVAN! goes unrewarded again (Nationals Journal, The Post). He allows lots of baserunners, but keeps the ball in the yard.

In happier news — it’s a girl. Wil and Yormarie Nieves welcomed a daughter, Maria Isabel yesterday evening. Nieves was placed on the temporarily unable to preform list. Wilson Ramos, acquired in the Matt Capps trade, was called up (Nationals Journal, The Post) and issued #3. I can’t believe they let him wear Willy Tavares number, can you? I bet Jesus Flores can’t.

LF Josh Willingham is done for the season — he went to the DL yesterday with surgery to repair his right menicus coming up next week. The Nats outfield situation is um, interesting right now.

Fangraphs makes the case that Zimmerman is the best player to build your team around. Of course, that was written before he was ejected. Zimmerman’s 7 career walk-off homers weren’t mentioned, but maybe they should have been.

Today’s game is at 1:05 with the Nats trying to salvage a win.

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