Jordan Zimmermann returned to the rotation yesterday after missing his last start and put forth arguably his best start of his young major league career.
The young righty pitched five strong innings, striking out six and allowing only one earned run on four hits. Despite Zimmerann’s strong outing however the Nationals lost 7-3 to Tampa Bay.
It was the sixth inning where everything unraveled.
Jason Bergmann came on and let up two homers; a three run blast to Ben Zobrist and a two run blast to Gabe Gross. Jesus Colume came to ‘relieve’ Bergmann and gave up two more runs off of a double by Evan Longoria.
The Nationals bats didn’t help the poor bullpen performance. The Nats only recorded seven hits, two for extra bases and only managed to get two earned runs across the board.
While our series preview spoke to the Rays excellent defense, they recorded two errors yesterday in a winning effort. For the Nationals to have any chance against a quality team like the Rays, they need to take advantage of defensive mishaps, any mishaps really, to give themselves an advantage. At this level of baseball it is a gift to receive opposing teams errors, we just can’t afford to let them go.