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Zimmermann, Scoreless Through Three

Well, we waited long enough to see him; now, Jordan Zimmermann is making his way quickly through the Atlanta lineup. Through three innings, the Washington rookie has yet to allow a run, despite four hits. The good news: The kid is throwing strikes -- 20 among his first 25 pitches, in fact. The Braves have gotten him for a few sharp hits, but every time, Zimmermann has escaped. He dodged a pair of hits in the second when Casey Kotchman was thrown out at third while trying to advance on a pitch low in the dirt. In the third, he dodged a first-and-second, one-out situation with a 6-3 double play.

Oh, and in the first inning, Zimmermann used just seven pitches. All were strikes.

By Chico Harlan  |  April 20, 2009; 9:52 PM ET
 
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Boy -- Zimmermann is really living dangerously. You can't complain about a scoreless line after 3 innings -- but, the only Brave he's been able to throw it past was Francouer. And, he did get a called strike on Johnson. But, that's it. Every other Brave has connected when they've swung the bat.

Kinda freaky actually. You expect to get some swinging strikes, even with mediocre pitchers. Only one Brave has swung and missed. Maybe, for all the talk of his unflappability, he is way nervous...and not as sharp as he can be.

Posted by: fischy | April 20, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

you've got to be kidding me. There is no way they should be playing right now.

Posted by: twinbrook | April 20, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

He looks pretty good to me. His fastballis nice but it's straight. That's why they're making some good contact on it. But his slider is tough and if he keeps them off balance with that and whatever else he's got, he's going to be tough. I'm impressed and excited.

Posted by: baltova1 | April 20, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

man, I wish I were there. I think it would be so fun.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 20, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the jinx Carpenter...

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | April 20, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh well...

Posted by: ramgut | April 20, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Now the Nats need to answer with some Offense!!!!!

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | April 20, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

But ZNN has looked good challenging the Braves, something that the rest of the Nats pitchers should be noting.

Posted by: leetee1955 | April 20, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

duuuuuuuuuuukes!

Posted by: NatsNut | April 20, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

C'mon Jesus...heres an opportunity come up big

Posted by: FloresFan | April 20, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Nobody messes with the Jesus...

Posted by: fischy | April 20, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

OMG, Bob Carpenter with "HOW FAR WILL THIS GO!!!" as it lands on the warning track. If he said nothing, do you think it is a Grand Slamma Jamma???? LOL

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | April 20, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Call Cooperstown. We just turned the ugliest double play in MLB history.

Posted by: baltova1 | April 20, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

NJ shaved.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 20, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

How did Willingham get involved in that Double Play?

Posted by: amorris525 | April 20, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Well, it looks like another close game which will probably be decided by the bullpen and I don't even want to think about the possibilities!

Posted by: rxs85 | April 20, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, rxs85. Just when I had a nice mellow feeling going about this one...

Posted by: baltova1 | April 20, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Could someone explain what just happened on the Lowe bunt? How did Willingham get the ball?

Posted by: dcsportsfan13 | April 20, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

i think j-zimm is pitching for the cycle in his debut.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 20, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

On the MLB network, they just called it an "embarrassingly bad" play for Ross. Pretty funny.

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | April 20, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Ha! Dibble with, "They're not the worst 1-10 team." Nope! They are the ONLY 1-10 team! Normally Carpenter is the dumb one.

Posted by: ABHFGTY | April 20, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Lowe popped up the bunt. Johnson let it drop so they could get the out at first and then get the runner going to second. Hernandez made the play at first and then hit the runner in the head with the throw. The runner tumbled off the base so they threw the ball back in and tagged him out.

Posted by: baltova1 | April 20, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

These commercials are horrific.

Posted by: RickFelt | April 20, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, ok, they called it embarassing, did you see it? What happened...

Posted by: amorris525 | April 20, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Willingham was involved because everyone ran in, and then when the ball deflected off Ross' helmet, it overshot second base and went rolling to Willingham.

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | April 20, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Kip Wells!?! Fire Manny Now!

Posted by: ABHFGTY | April 20, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

hahahahahahahahahahhahaha

Posted by: RickFelt | April 20, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

What am I thinking. We're leading. Can't let that happen.

Posted by: ABHFGTY | April 20, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

@baltova1

His fastball started getting some movement. In on righties and away from lefties. I likey what I see.

Posted by: Section138 | April 20, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

I mean we should have Zimmermann pitch with either Bergman or Mock warming up. Then Biemel. Then the gas can pitch the ninth. Geeze!

Posted by: ABHFGTY | April 20, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone in the ballbark other than the players and their families? It's completely empty!

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | April 20, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

righty, lefty, righty, beimel

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 20, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Section 138, that was outstanding. I almost wonder if he has two fastballs, one that has more movement. Regardless, what a debut.

Posted by: baltova1 | April 20, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Also, can someone please explain to me why Cintron PH there? Isn't Kearns on the bench? Are they saving him as a defensive substitution?

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | April 20, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

to contact

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 20, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

i'm not a DCab or BoboOlsen fan, but four nice starts in a row.

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 20, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

milledge would have botched that.

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 20, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

8 pitches, 3 outs. Nice. Much better than the 44 pitches for 3 outs yesterday...

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | April 20, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

I think I see the solution to our bullpen problems. We lead after six and then let it start raining. We win by rainout...

Posted by: baltova1 | April 20, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Paid attendance = 12,473. Could have gotten twice that had the Nats postponed until tomorrow. What a pity so few were in the stands to welcome the ZNN Era,

Posted by: leetee1955 | April 20, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

sorry. can't stay. I was at all 3 ballgames this weekend and just can't bear to watch the relievers and hanrahan again. maybe it will bring good luck. gnite ya'll.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 20, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

I thought Zimmerman pitched very well and was effective on a night with less than ideal conditions. Can't wait to watch this kid grow with the Nats! Lots of great games ahead for this kid! Go Nats and please God let the bullpen hold this lead for once!!!

Posted by: Keenan1 | April 20, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Lets go Rain...er...Nats...

Posted by: TimDz | April 20, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Did Bob Carpenter say he bets they have some viewers on the West Coast? Dude, you're lucky if you've got viewers on THIS coast!

Posted by: baltova1 | April 20, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Anybody else updating weather.com like crazy? Let's rain out to victory.

Posted by: janus4444 | April 20, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

All right, what is MASN doing showing a cheesy Orioles fan commercial during a Nats game?

Posted by: nunof1 | April 20, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

"Paid attendance = 12,473. "

Really?!?! Would this mean season ticket sales were down by almost 50% from last year? Wow.

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | April 20, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Nice play Beimel...CLOSER...CLOSER....

Posted by: TimDz | April 20, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

had to like what you saw of Wells in his first appearance - just 6 more outs!!
these fan commercials need to go
looks like Manny forced a team for the 2nd time to waste a player without them even getting in the game
hate being 1-11 but still love the game and love that it is here
I will be there tomorrow and would love to see be going for 2 in a row
would hope that they are not out of dogfish head before the game even starts

Posted by: sjm3091 | April 20, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Oh if Beimel injured himself there.

Posted by: janus4444 | April 20, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

So the saves leader for the Nats this year is Mother Nature...

Posted by: baltova1 | April 20, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

ok, i'm staying up; you all go ahead to sleep; i'll tell you about hanrahan in the morning.

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 20, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

how beimel ended up with the nationals, i don't know. but thank god it happened! that long curly hair, that scruffy beard..

Posted by: oyster1 | April 20, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

As a Nats fan living in Atlanta i am forced to listen to the Braves announcer's when they play the Nats, they are so smug not only against us but every other national league team,well they just rolled out the tarp for a rain delay hopefully they wiil call the game, hey i'll take'em anyway we can get em.

Posted by: dargregmag | April 20, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

jordan zimmermann ...
scooter zimmermann ...
mrs jordan zimmermann ...
scooter [REDACTED] zimmermann ...
mrs scooter zimmermann ...
scooter [REDACTED] hyphen zimmermann ...

sigh

Posted by: Scooter_ | April 20, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

That reliever for Baltimore, Liz (just brought him up a few games back) finished his work tonight with a 67.50 ERA.

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 20, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Liz Taylor, maybe.

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 20, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Nice comments about J. Zimm by the Atlanta tv broadcasters. They've heard all the fuss, and after only a few pitches they said they could see why there is so much interest in this kid. They continued to praise him even though several balls were hit hard, comparing him to other outstanding pitchers in there first season in the big leagues. I'd say the Nats have got a good future with J.Z. I can only dream of this rotation with Strasburg in it, who they also commented about. Now, if only the pen can hold this lead. To blow four leads late in a row would be devestating.

Posted by: cokedispatch | April 20, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

How long will they wait before they call it? What's typical? Is there a "typical," or is it all about what the weather radar is saying?

Posted by: usmc53 | April 20, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Also, can someone please explain to me why Cintron PH there? Isn't Kearns on the bench? Are they saving him as a defensive substitution?

Posted by: nervousnatsfan

Good managers attempt to give all 25 players a role to keep them in the game. Over a full season it pays dividends.

Posted by: kgwcoach | April 20, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

When they called Cintron up, he was in the midst of a hot streak, 9 for 18. Perhaps they wanted to see if that was still the case.

Posted by: cokedispatch | April 20, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

kgwcoach--
Haven't you heard, whatever Manny does is automatically the work of a moron. If Kearns had pinch hit, the question would have been, "Why is Cintron, who was hitting .500 in AAA, sitting on the bench???"

Posted by: usmc53 | April 20, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Also, can someone please explain to me why Cintron PH there? Isn't Kearns on the bench? Are they saving him as a defensive substitution?

Posted by: nervousnatsfan

According to CBSSports.com, Cintron was 4-11 lifetime against Lowe, Kearns 2-17. May have been a factor.

Posted by: baltova1 | April 20, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Checking the radar, it looks like it will take about 45-60 minutes for the rain to clear. Whether they will wait that long or not, I don't know.

Posted by: LoveThoseNats | April 20, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

23 fans in the stands now.

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 20, 2009 11:50 PM | Report abuse

has the centerfielder ever heard of running up on a ball that is hit? I think they taught us that in junior high school.

Posted by: bsuplicki | April 21, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

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