A solid outing by Zimmermann coupled with quality offensive support
from 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
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.