Game #13 Recap: Zimmermann Shines, Nats offense explodes
The Nationals went into Miami on the heels of a sweep at the hands of the Atlanta Braves. The Nationals needed a big game to get back into a groove and they would get just what they were looking for on Monday night. The offense exploded for 10 runs and Jordan Zimmermann cut the Marlins down to pick up the win.
Jordan Zimmermann took the hill against Wade LeBlanc in the opening game of the series, but the Nats offense was the story in the first inning. LeBlanc couldn't seem to get an out as Denard Span and Jayson Werth opened the game with singles and Bryce Harper drew a walk. Ryan Zimmerman came to the plate and smacked a single up the middle to plate 2 runs. Harper was thrown out at 3rd trying to advance, but replay would show later he was safe. Ian Desmond hit a double that put Zimmerman at 3rd. Tyler Moore brought them home shortly after to put the Nats up 4-0 and give them a lead they would not relinquish.
The Nationals would hit 5 doubles in the game, 3 of which came in the 3rd inning. Desmond, Moore, and Lombardozzi would all check in with a 2 bagger, while Moore and Lombardozzi picked up some RBI's in the process. The Nationals would bring in 2 more runs in the 4th on a long home run from Ryan Zimmerman to make it 8-0. A well executed sacrifice bunt from Zimmermann put runners Kurt Suzuki and Steve Lombardozzi at 2nd and 3rd. Span would bring them in on a single, but get thrown out trying to advance to 2nd on the play. Span was able to give the Nationals their final runs of the game to make it 10-0.
In the midst of the offense, Jordan Zimmermann was spectacular. He did not give up a single base runner until the 4th inning, when he allowed a single to Chris Coghlan. Zimmermann was able to immediately dial up the double play to keep the bases clean. He would allow a couple of hard hit balls in the 6th and 7th innings and allow 3 runs in those innings, but Zimmermann was cruising. He struck out 6, walked 1, and hit a batter, but shut the Marlins down to pick up his first ever complete game win.
After it was all said and done, Zimmermann had thrown 103 pitches, 70 for strikes. He got more than enough run support and delivered a stellar performance to help get the Nationals back on track.