By The Sports Xchange
ATLANTA â?? Not even facing R.A. Dickey’s dancing knuckleball could disrupt the grooved swing of Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman as the Nationals completed a three-game series sweep of the Atlanta Braves.
Zimmerman, who had hit a grand slam the night before, connected for a two-run homer off Dickey and the Nationals defeated the Braves 3-2 on Thursday night behind a 10-strikeout effort from Stephen Strasburg.
Zimmerman’s homer to center field came on a 1-0 knuckleball that stayed up after Dickey walked Bryce Harper with two outs in the sixth.
“A knuckleball is going to do what it does, and I have to own that one to Zimmerman,” Dickey said. “It was a bad pitch, but I didn’t make many of them tonight.”
Zimmerman scored the Nationals’ first run after a second-inning double, and he finished the series 7-for-12 with seven RBIs. He is batting .389 with five homers and 13 RBIs.
“No. 1, he’s healthy,” Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. “He’s not missing balls. His concentration is high and he feels good about himself. It’s been a tough last couple years.”
Strasburg (2-0) allowed two runs over seven innings while giving up six …
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