Jordan Zimmermann pitched five scoreless innings and added an RBI of his own as the Nats shut out the Mets in their final game before moving up north.
Zimmermann allowed only four hits and struck out three batters in his five innings of work. In the second inning, he even helped his own cause. After Wilson Ramos and Adam LaRoche singled, Danny Espinosa walked to load the bases. Zimmermann then came to the plate and hit a slow dribbler that was just far enough out of reach for Zimmermann to beat out for an infield hit. Wilson Ramos scored on the play.
The Nats did not score again until the top of the eighth inning. Denard Span singled to center field. New National Kevin Frandsen then doubled to advance Span to third. Next, Jose Lobaton hit a rocket to the right-center gap. Mets center fielder Juan Lagaras made an outstanding diving catch, but Span tagged up from third and scored. Bryce Harper then singled to center field to bring home Frandsen and make the score 3-0.
In the ninth, the Nationals extended their lead again. Nate McLouth, who entered the game as part of a double switch in the sixth inning, doubled. Denard Span then singled to advance McLouth to third. He scored on a wild pitch to make the score 4-0. The Nationals play their final exhibition game of the season this Saturday against the Detroit Tiger at Nationals Park.
- Jordan Zimmermann rounded out a very solid spring today. He has looked sharp all of March and hopefully he can carry this momentum into the regular season.
- Bryce Harper again produced an RBI while batting fifth in the order. No one knows for sure what the Nationals exact batting order will be, but I am hoping that he stays in the five-hole as I believe he will be the most effective there.
- Doug Fister made a minor league start this morning, but left in the first inning with right lat strain. He will reportedly fly with the team back to DC to be evaluated and then make one more trip back to Florida for another minor league start. If this happens he will miss his first major league start of the year for the Nats. Also, if this scenario is true, both Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan will make the opening day roster.