Jordan Zimmermann not in command
In his start Sunday afternoon, Jordan Zimmermann felt strong and healthy, which is the best and most important news the Nationals can hear. It was also the only piece of good news for one day.
Zimmermann failed to build on recent strong outings in his fourth start back from Tommy John surgery, throwing 80 pitches in just three innings. Sloppy defense - one error by Ian Desmond, one by himself -forced Zimmermann to expend pitches, which he has in precious supply. But he also blamed his own control issues, which led to three walks. He threw 50 strikes in 80 pitches.
"My command was terrible," Zimmermann said. "When I get ahead, I need to put them away and get more aggressive, I guess."
Two starts prior, Zimmermann had one-hit the Marlins for six innings while striking out nine. He didn't have any of that dominance Sunday. Mike Stanton alone blasted two home runs off of him, one on a hanging curve. The homers accounted for three of the four earned runs he allowed and two of the five hits.
"It's still only my fourth start," Zimmermann said. "I'm still trying to work some kinks out. It's unacceptable, I guess, to be up here and not have the good control like I should have."
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