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Jordan Zimmermann Continues Domination; Washington Nationals Pitching Quiets Atlanta Braves Offense

May 2nd, 2013 at 12:44 PM
By Steven Rosen

'Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27)' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Washington Nationals' pitcher Jordan Zimmermann continued his early season dominance last night, as the Nats took down the Braves 2-0. With the win, Zimmermann improved to 5-1 on the season.

In his last two starts, Zimmermann has thrown 17 innings, and allowed just three hits. He has struck out 12 in comparison to just one walk, and did not allow an earned run in the two wins.

A single to Justin Upton in the second inning, and a double to Paul Maholm in the fourth, was the only offense for the entire night from the Atlanta Braves, who have been the best team in baseball thus far this season.

The Nationals scored their only runs of the night in the top of the fourth inning, when Bryce Harper led off the inning with a walk, and Ian Desmond followed with a two run home run, his fourth of the year.

The two runs were all that Zimmermann needed, as he went on to throw eight innings of scoreless baseball. Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his eighth save of the season.  

Zimmermann finished with eight strikeouts, and no walks allowed, and gave up just the two hits. 

The Nationals offense finished with just three hits, but it was enough to pick up the win and get back to .500 on the season. The Nationals and Braves will finish their four game series Thursday night at 7:10 pm. 

Tags: Baseball, Bryce Harper, Ian Desmond, Jordan Zimmermann, MLB, Washington, Washington Nationals

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