Despite failing to earn his first win of the year, Jordan Zimmermann‘s seven innings of four-hit, one-run baseball put the team in place to win yet-another tight game over the Houston Astros last night. It was their fifth one-run win of the young season. They also have two one-run losses.
The Nats were able to rally late in two consecutive innings to muster up three runs, just enough to hand the game off to Henry Rodriguez for his third save of the year. The lineup was completely ineffective on Astros starting pitcher Lucas Harrell for the majority of the night, but got their licks in once the game was handed to the bullpen.
With the victory the team is now 10-3, and lead the Atlanta Braves by 2.5 games in the National League East.
- These one run wins are incredibly fun to watch, but man, are they gut wrenching. Through the first seven innings I was just watching to see if the team could finally earn a win for Zimmermann, the final two I was hoping we could just score at all. It seems though that no matter how poorly the bats are going for Washington, they are always able to put something together to get the runs they need on the board.
- Zimmermann threw just 86 pitches in seven innings of work, continuing to prove that he is the team’s most consistently efficient starter in this great rotation. The one run that he allowed came in the fourth after allowing a bunt hit to Jordan Schafer. After a stolen base and a few ground balls, the Astros managed to score without even hitting the ball out of the infield. They wouldn’t sniff a run for the rest of the game.
- Jayson Werth was 0-2 at the plate but drew two key walks, including one in the eighth inning to tie the score 2-2. It has been interesting to watch Werth so far this season as he hasn’t exactly killed the ball but has still managed to produce a .347 batting average and a .448 on base percentage. We need to watch as the season goes on to see if his bleeding singles will turn into gapper doubles or ground outs and pop ups.
- Ryan Zimmerman had two hits on the night, marking the third straight night he’s managed to get at least one hit. This is good news for Washington, as Zimm’s start on paper was less than spectacular. Despite having a hit in 5 of his last 11 at bats, he’s still only hitting .240, which shows you exactly how unlucky he was getting early in the year.
- Nats closer Henry Rodriguez still has yet to allow an earned run this season. Through 6.1 innings pitched he has given up just one hit while striking out nine batters.