Nats' 3-2 Win Gives Them the Series Against Arizona
A solid outing by Zimmermann coupled with quality offensive supportfrom Anthony Rendon and Tyler Moore gave the Nats a 3-2 win against the Diamondbacks Wednesday night.
Jordan Zimmermann had a slow start in the first allowing two runs in 27 pitches. After Aaron Hill’s one out walk, Paul Goldschmidt doubled to right field, batting Hill in. One out later, Prado singled on a line drive to right field. Arguably, a healthy Jayson Werth may have made the last play an out, but Werth has had a groin strain since Sunday.
The Nationals’ bats returned the favor the following half. Anthony Rendon, on base from a single, was batted in by Ryan Zimmerman’s double. Nats trailed 2-1 at the bottom of the first.
Jordan Zimmerman heated up by the second inning. He allowed no more runs throughout the following six innings with 4 strike outs and two walks overall. Tyler Moore, who recently spent some time in Syracuse minor leagues, hit a solo homerun in the fourth tying the ballgame. This was Moore’s third homerun of the season.
After Zimmermann shut down the Diamondback’s offense in the top half of the fifth, Nats continued their rally. Denard Span singled and then advanced to second on a passed ball. Rendon also singled, moving Span to third base. Ryan Zimmerman then hit into a double play where Span scored on fielder’s choice. Jayson Werth lined out to end the inning as the Nats led 3-2.
Tyler Clippard relieved Jordan in the eighth. Willie Bloomquist was hit by a pitch with one out. Following him, Gerrardo Perra grounded out. And Tyler Clippard got his one strike out of the day with four fastballs and a change-up.
The Nats were looking for insurance in the bottom of the eighth and didn’t find any. Rendon (3 for 4) flied out to left field on a ball that was feet away from going over the wall. Zimmerman’s singled but was ultimately left stranded. Werth (0 for 4) struck out for the second time in a night. Diamondbacks’ reliever Josh Collmenter intentionally walked Adam LaRoche (0 for 3), to get to Ian Desmond. The strategy worked as Desmond grounded out to end the inning.
Rafael Soriano came in to close in the ninth. On one out, Miguel Montero singled off of Soriano, the only hit of the inning. Martin Prado grounded out to Ryan Zimmerman, who's arm/shoulder seems to be doing just fine. Soriano intentionally walked Jason Kubel. Immediately following this, A. J. Pollock popped up to second basemen Anthony Rendon to end the game. This game marked Soriano’s 21st save of the season.
Nats win 3-2 against the Diamondbacks, winning the series. The Nationals will play Arizona again tomorrow in search of the sweep.