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Zimmerman Extends Streak To 25

Ryan Zimmerman, in his first at bat today, stroked a line drive single to center. The hitting streak jumped to 25. A trend continued.

Since the streak became large enough to recognize, it's downright remarkable how often Zimmerman has gotten a hit in his first or second AB of the game. Almost never has he let the drama play into some final AB -- an eighth- or ninth-inning chance to keep the streak alive.

Let's review just the last few days:

Thursday (today) -- single in his first at bat
Wednesday -- single in his first at bat
Tuesday -- singled in the sixth inning
Monday -- singled in his first at bat
Sunday -- no game
Saturday -- doubled in his first at bat

Zimmerman's "splits," courtesy of Statspass, reflect his early-innings effectiveness. In Innings 1-6, Zimmerman is 31-for-77 (.403) this year. In innings 7 and beyond, he's 6-for-34 (.176).

By Chico Harlan  |  May 7, 2009; 10:27 PM ET
 
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Comments

I guess they don't miss Manny too much. This one's ugly early.

Posted by: BGinVA | May 7, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Our defense still stinks.

Posted by: BGinVA | May 7, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Holy... oh well, at least I know I can go to bed a bit earlier than anticipated this eve...
6-0 LA after 1.
Oy.

Posted by: HotNats | May 7, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Rough night for JZimm. Hang in there, kid. Turn it into a positive (somehow).

Posted by: usmc53 | May 7, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Its pretty sad when the only interesting thing is whether Zimmerman is going to keep the streak going. If he does it early then there is nothing more to watch. I honestly don't know where they go from here. Must be hard to be Zimmerman, Dunn, Johnson, Dukes, and Guzman and watch this pitching. I don't know if I would want to do it. Wait they get paid way too much,

Posted by: natsguy | May 7, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

There will be a new manager when the Nats hit Arizona tomorrow...for the Dbacks. Reports have Bob Melvin fired.

Posted by: nunof1 | May 7, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

I love the Flores/Hernandez 7-8 combo.

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 7, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

natsguy, you must not be listening or watching to the Dodgers feed.

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 7, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Loving the Flores/Hernandez combo??? Yeah that's pretty fearsome....not!

Posted by: bendersx6 | May 7, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

OMG, I just checked the score. What the hell is going on around here?

Posted by: NatsNut | May 7, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

OMG, I just checked the score. What the hell is going on around here?
Posted by: NatsNut
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Around here, a bunch of distraught Nats fans are watching/listening (or heading off for bed).
Out there, the (Randy) wolf is blowing the Nationals' house down. It's still early, but it ain't good.

Posted by: HotNats | May 7, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Well, Vin Scully (for the second night in a row) predicted a Gold Glove in the future for Zim.

So, we got that going for us.

Posted by: joebleux | May 7, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Randy Wolf. A starter that couldn't possibly help the Nats.

Nats' attendance down 10K from last season. As Stan says, we'll get what we deserve. Wonder what that 10K per game translates to in total revenue (including concessions). Might be time for another plan -- you know, like one that will produce a winner before the Obama girls hit college.

Posted by: gbooksdc | May 7, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

33, gang, 33.

http://tinyurl.com/casr9

Posted by: Section506 | May 7, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I'm pretty thrilled by this game. Why? Jordan Zimmerman. Egad, man, talk about a way to get your head right between innings...

After 6 earned runs in the first inning, he's through 5 now with 77 pitches, 53 for strikes. And at least 8 of those 24 balls were in the first inning, we know, because both walks were then.

Posted by: Section506 | May 7, 2009 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Learned some good stuff about Jordan Zimmermann tonight. Some real good stuff.

Posted by: Section506 | May 8, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Well, at least he didn't allow any more runs the rest of the way. Ouch, rough first inning.

Posted by: PattyinSJ | May 8, 2009 12:05 AM | Report abuse

I'm curious to hear what adjustments he made between the first and second innings. Other than throwing strikes.

Posted by: Section506 | May 8, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

OK Nicky! Now Zim-25-and-counting, and then bang-zoom-Dunn ...

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 8, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Excellent point, 506, that was an outstanding mental comeback by JZ, psyched for the future from that standpoint no question.
(Things might be getting a slight bit interesting here in the 7th...)

Posted by: HotNats | May 8, 2009 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Attaboy Dunnkey!!

Posted by: HotNats | May 8, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Whoohoo - rally?!

Posted by: PattyinSJ | May 8, 2009 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Love those Nats!
Tie it up, Dukes.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 8, 2009 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Okay, so in the 9th, it could be Pinch hitter-Guz-NJ-Zimm. Not bad.

Bullpen needs to hold, though. Trouble??

Posted by: usmc53 | May 8, 2009 12:16 AM | Report abuse

looks like Willingham might have hurt his back again

Posted by: natsguy | May 8, 2009 12:26 AM | Report abuse

I think the Hammer's back is okay.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 8, 2009 12:34 AM | Report abuse

WOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!
I'm so glad I didn't go to bed.


Posted by: usmc53 | May 8, 2009 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Keep it comin' boys!

Posted by: patchss | May 8, 2009 12:38 AM | Report abuse

tie game!!

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | May 8, 2009 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Yes!

Posted by: PattyinSJ | May 8, 2009 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Whoo-hoo-diddly-doo!!!
(posted by Flanders)

Posted by: HotNats | May 8, 2009 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Way to show some heart, boys! Let's go Nats!

Posted by: msolem | May 8, 2009 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Now say a prayer for the bullpen!
What a rally.
They have the worst record in the game but they don't quit.

Posted by: patchss | May 8, 2009 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Oh, I hope the bullpen can hold this!!

Posted by: PattyinSJ | May 8, 2009 12:46 AM | Report abuse

YES! Come on guys, keep it going!!

Posted by: Kev29 | May 8, 2009 12:47 AM | Report abuse

If any team knows they need to keep scoring, it's ours

Posted by: Kev29 | May 8, 2009 12:48 AM | Report abuse

Go Nats!!!

Posted by: PattyinSJ | May 8, 2009 12:48 AM | Report abuse

ahem ...

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 8, 2009 12:49 AM | Report abuse

the terrifying thing is the nats still need six outs. thats a lot. but way to rally!

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | May 8, 2009 12:51 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe we've scored 10 unanswered runs - awesome! I'm not getting any sleep, but who cares?

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | May 8, 2009 12:51 AM | Report abuse

I guess Manny Acta became a great manager tonight, right?

Posted by: fischy | May 8, 2009 12:56 AM | Report abuse

I am definitely going to be one dog-faced Nats fan tomorrow AM, I am hoping it's worth it, c'mon, Beimel!

Posted by: HotNats | May 8, 2009 12:57 AM | Report abuse

OMG, I just checked the score again. Now what the hell is going on around here? We're winning?

Posted by: NatsNut | May 8, 2009 12:57 AM | Report abuse

(and no offense to my canine friends out there from that previous post)

Posted by: HotNats | May 8, 2009 12:57 AM | Report abuse

one down.

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | May 8, 2009 12:59 AM | Report abuse

And the Guz/Hernandez DP was the #1 web gem in the late-edition BT, nice to see!

Posted by: HotNats | May 8, 2009 12:59 AM | Report abuse

dos abajo

Posted by: HotNats | May 8, 2009 1:01 AM | Report abuse

Josh Willingham has the #4 Web Gem and Cristian Guzman has the #1 Web Gem. Have we stepped into Bizarro World?

Posted by: fischy | May 8, 2009 1:01 AM | Report abuse

Come on, Joe!

Posted by: PattyinSJ | May 8, 2009 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Cool, Willingham got the #4? Nice, and deservedly so...

Posted by: HotNats | May 8, 2009 1:04 AM | Report abuse

lol Patty, thought that exclamation point was a letter "l" for a sec...

Posted by: HotNats | May 8, 2009 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Worst defense in the league.

Posted by: rskinz34 | May 8, 2009 1:07 AM | Report abuse

Come on Joe. One more, please!

Posted by: usmc53 | May 8, 2009 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Why is the third out always the toughest/longest to get?

Posted by: patchss | May 8, 2009 1:11 AM | Report abuse

Hoo boy!

Posted by: patchss | May 8, 2009 1:12 AM | Report abuse

Oh no

Posted by: PattyinSJ | May 8, 2009 1:12 AM | Report abuse

perhaps biemel doesn't want the closer's job, so he's doing his best to show them he shouldn't get it.

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | May 8, 2009 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Man, the Dodgers have a deep bench. Loretta is good; I watched him for several years when I was living in SD and he was a Padre. Nice player.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 8, 2009 1:14 AM | Report abuse

At least Beimel is throwing a ton of strikes, unlike most of our 'pen. And his balls aren't missing by much.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 8, 2009 1:15 AM | Report abuse

This is ridiculous. I need to go to bed. Take Beimel out. Can't let him go past 35 pitches in an inning. Manny ripping up the book. Just get Wells and take your chances. 3-2. Oh, well, we'll see.

Posted by: Thomas Boswell | May 8, 2009 1:15 AM | Report abuse

This isn't going to end well, is it?

Posted by: patchss | May 8, 2009 1:16 AM | Report abuse

Have a good night, Mr. Boswell, hopefully you'll awake to good news tomorrow am.

Posted by: HotNats | May 8, 2009 1:18 AM | Report abuse

I still believe.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 8, 2009 1:18 AM | Report abuse

Whew, whew, and WHEW!

Posted by: HotNats | May 8, 2009 1:18 AM | Report abuse

Phew!

Posted by: patchss | May 8, 2009 1:19 AM | Report abuse

FINALLY.

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | May 8, 2009 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Count me in on that, usmc

Posted by: HotNats | May 8, 2009 1:19 AM | Report abuse

The gods smile in the 8th. The ManRam bad karma versus the Nats bullpen curse. See ya tomorrow.

Posted by: Thomas Boswell | May 8, 2009 1:21 AM | Report abuse

How about Hernandez batting .328??
On base 4 times tonight!

Posted by: usmc53 | May 8, 2009 1:23 AM | Report abuse

Really, digging Anderson's plate appearances of late, he makes pitchers WORK. (And his getting on base a lot lately doesn't hurt either!)

Posted by: HotNats | May 8, 2009 1:23 AM | Report abuse

Beimel had it all the way. Loretta's a much more dangerous hitter than Pierre. He couldn't give in to Loretta, but he took it to Pierre.

Posted by: fischy | May 8, 2009 1:25 AM | Report abuse

Old McDonald had a pitch, and filthy was it's name-o

Posted by: HotNats | May 8, 2009 1:26 AM | Report abuse

Let's get some much-needed insurance here.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 8, 2009 1:28 AM | Report abuse

nice call, usmc, helluva break

Posted by: HotNats | May 8, 2009 1:29 AM | Report abuse

You know that run is going to mean something.
Keep it going Zim!
Have faith in the pen in the 9th.

Posted by: patchss | May 8, 2009 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Wow, 18 hits.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 8, 2009 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Great comeback tonight by the Nats! 5:00 will come awfully early, but I don't care now.

Posted by: BGinVA | May 8, 2009 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Boy, Zimm swung at Ball 4 right there. Bummer.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 8, 2009 1:33 AM | Report abuse

I can't wait for the people who went to bed after the first to see this score in the morning.

Posted by: NatsNut | May 8, 2009 1:33 AM | Report abuse

To quote Hannibal: "Okey Dokey, here we go"

Posted by: HotNats | May 8, 2009 1:33 AM | Report abuse

usmc, you are officially our little good luck charm. keep up the positivity, my friend.

Posted by: NatsNut | May 8, 2009 1:34 AM | Report abuse

Put your trays in the upright position and buckle your seatbelts.
The Nats are going to land this sucka!

Posted by: patchss | May 8, 2009 1:35 AM | Report abuse

No leadoff walk, please.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 8, 2009 1:35 AM | Report abuse

He's bringing in the Kipper...

Posted by: PattyinSJ | May 8, 2009 1:36 AM | Report abuse

NICE PITCH!

Posted by: HotNats | May 8, 2009 1:37 AM | Report abuse

Man, I like how Beimel and Wells come in and throw strikes.

Hanrahan, take notes. Like Dibble says, challenge the hitter and make him earn his way on.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 8, 2009 1:37 AM | Report abuse

How 'bout a DP to end it?
Come on Kip!

Posted by: usmc53 | May 8, 2009 1:39 AM | Report abuse

allrighty, ¡uno más!

Posted by: HotNats | May 8, 2009 1:40 AM | Report abuse

C'mon, 1 more!

Posted by: patchss | May 8, 2009 1:40 AM | Report abuse

No, no, no.
Not again. Please.

Posted by: patchss | May 8, 2009 1:43 AM | Report abuse

Here we go Kip. You can do this.
Feel the positive vibes coming through our keyboards.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 8, 2009 1:44 AM | Report abuse

i'm going to throw up

Posted by: NatsNut | May 8, 2009 1:45 AM | Report abuse

Amazing. If it weren't for bad luck, the Nats would have none at all.

Posted by: patchss | May 8, 2009 1:45 AM | Report abuse

YES!!!!

Posted by: usmc53 | May 8, 2009 1:46 AM | Report abuse

KIP KIP, HOORAY!
(or)
All's Wells that ends Wells!

G'nite, all!

Posted by: HotNats | May 8, 2009 1:47 AM | Report abuse

Thank God.

Posted by: rskinz34 | May 8, 2009 1:47 AM | Report abuse

Whew...

Posted by: fischy | May 8, 2009 1:47 AM | Report abuse

I don't know if I can take this much longer. no sleep. nerves on edge. emotional roller coaster. i'll be in the hospital before this season is over if they keep this up.

Posted by: NatsNut | May 8, 2009 1:47 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Lord!
Bang zoom go the fireworks!
Gutsy win, maybe the kick in the butt they need.

Posted by: patchss | May 8, 2009 1:47 AM | Report abuse

I'll tell you what: I like how Kip Wells never looked like he didn't want to be out there, even when the going got tough.

Hanrahan and Hinckley can both have that horrified look, and it looks very much like they don't want to be out there at times. Wells (and Beimel) never had that. I like it.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 8, 2009 1:48 AM | Report abuse

Save me a bed by the window, NatsNut

Posted by: HotNats | May 8, 2009 1:48 AM | Report abuse

Hey, you guys and gals are fun to "watch" a game with.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 8, 2009 1:51 AM | Report abuse

sure thing, HN. I'll be glad for the company.

Posted by: NatsNut | May 8, 2009 1:51 AM | Report abuse

To you as well, usmc, and thanksmuch NN, T-minus 5 hours of sleep time awaits, a much more happy sleep tonight!
Have a good one, all!

Posted by: HotNats | May 8, 2009 1:53 AM | Report abuse

Holy bleep.

Nice start-to-finish Carpentering of the Dodgers by Charlie Steiner:

4th inning: "Well, unless the team with the best record in baseball manages to blow a 6-0 lead to the team with the worst record in baseball, the Dodgers will be 22-8 and 14-0 at home."

Bottom of the 9th inning: "If Blake hits a home run here, he's got the cycle!"

Posted by: joebleux | May 8, 2009 1:55 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Carpenter's jinx comments will become good luck for the Nats from here on out. He tried to do it to us in the bottom of the 9th, but Wells refused to be "Carp'ed."

Posted by: usmc53 | May 8, 2009 1:58 AM | Report abuse

Man look at the standings.
We're only 6 games out of first. Even though we have the worst record in baseball, there are 7 teams who are more than 6 games out of first in their divisions.

Hopefully everyone else in the NL East stays around .500, and the Nats can claw their way back to .500 over the next 45 games or so. How fun would that be?

Posted by: usmc53 | May 8, 2009 2:12 AM | Report abuse

If they had even an average bullpen, .500 would be attainable. But it is an old, tired, journeyman bullpen. It is unconscionable to keep bringing in players born before Carter became president.

Posted by: paulkp | May 8, 2009 3:42 AM | Report abuse

Or even those who went to bed before the game even started as in my case. It was a nice surprise either way. :-D

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I can't wait for the people who went to bed after the first to see this score in the morning.

Posted by: NatsNut | May 8, 2009 1:33 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 8, 2009 6:43 AM | Report abuse

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