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Despite failing to earn his first win of the year, Jordan Zimmermann's seven innings of four-hit, one-run baseball put the team in place to win yet-another tight game over the Houston Astros last night. It was their fifth one-run win of the young season. They also have two one-run losses.
The Nats were able to rally late in two consecutive innings to muster up three runs, just enough to hand the game off to Henry Rodriguez for his third save of the year. The lineup was completely ineffective on Astros starting pitcher Lucas Harrell for the majority of the night, but got their licks in once the game was handed to the bullpen.
With the victory the team is now 10-3, and lead the Atlanta Braves by 2.5 games in the National League East.
- These one run wins are incredibly fun to watch, but man, are they gut wrenching. Through the first seven innings I was just watching to see if the team could finally earn a win for Zimmermann, the final two I was hoping we could just score at all. It seems though that no matter how poorly the bats are going for Washington, they are always able to put something together to get the runs they need on the board.
- Zimmermann threw just 86 pitches in seven innings of work, continuing to prove that he is the team's most consistently efficient starter in this great rotation. The one run that he allowed came in the fourth after allowing a bunt hit to Jordan Schafer. After a stolen base and a few ground balls, the Astros managed to score without even hitting the ball out of the infield. They wouldn't sniff a run for the rest of the game.
- Jayson Werth was 0-2 at the plate but drew two key walks, including one in the eighth inning to tie the score 2-2. It has been interesting to watch Werth so far this season as he hasn't exactly killed the ball but has still managed to produce a .347 batting average and a .448 on base percentage. We need to watch as the season goes on to see if his bleeding singles will turn into gapper doubles or ground outs and pop ups.
- Ryan Zimmerman had two hits on the night, marking the third straight night he's managed to get at least one hit. This is good news for Washington, as Zimm's start on paper was less than spectacular. Despite having a hit in 5 of his last 11 at bats, he's still only hitting .240, which shows you exactly how unlucky he was getting early in the year.
- Nats closer Henry Rodriguez still has yet to allow an earned run this season. Through 6.1 innings pitched he has given up just one hit while striking out nine batters.
BEST OF MAXIM
The Gio Gonzalez effect: Jordan Zimmermann smiling during a postgame interview on TV, even after yet another start with no run support? Who needs run support when you have Natitude?
Jordan Zimmermann on the winning attitude in the #Nats clubhouse: "It's a Natitude." (via @DanKolko, 4/18/2012)
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COOL AS A CUCUMBER
Perhaps the most riveting video so far of the 2012 Washington Nationals season? See above: Davey Johnson reacts to a fire alarm during his pregame press conference before Tuesday's Nationals-Astros game at Nationals Park (link to CSN Washington.com video here). Okay, maybe "reacts" isn't the right way to describe it.
Interestingly, Davey reacted the same way in...
Before Tuesday's Washington Nationals game against the Houston Astros, retired Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington threw out a very weak ceremonial first pitch.
Arrington tried to ham it up a bit as he pretended to check the runner at first base and wound up his arm as if he was going to throw it really hard. However, the end result was really weak as Arrington's...
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It’s our legal obligation to report on any Rick Ankiel related stories we come across on this site.
By now you’ve seen the highlights of what he did earlier in the week. Dude has an absolute Howitzer attached to his arm. LINK HERE
But you might not be aware that he was the subject of a story recently on the NPR show ‘This American Life’. We’ve embedded the story below...
Fourteen-time All-Star catcher Ivan Rodriguez will announce his retirement Monday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported, citing sources.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jayson Werth drew a bases-loaded walk and Wilson Ramos hit a sacrifice fly as the Washington Nationals rallied in the eighth inning and beat the Houston Astros 3-2 Wednesday night for their third straight win.
The Nationals improved to 10-3 -- they became the first team in the majors to reach 10 wins this season. Texas earned its 10th victory later in the evening...
Jayson Werth drew a bases-loaded walk and Wilson Ramos hit a sacrifice fly as the Washington Nationals rallied in the eighth inning and beat the Houston Astros 3-2 Wednesday night for their third straight win.
The Nationals improved to 10-3 - they became the first team in the majors to reach 10 wins this season. Texas earned its 10th victory later in the evening.
Last night after the Washington Nationals 1-0 win over the Houston Astros, Nationals managers Davey Johnson was giving his usual press conference until he was interrupted by a fire alarm.
To give Johnson credit, he didn't skip a beat during the distraction:
(Courtesy of Nats Enquirer)
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Future hall of fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez is set to announce his retirement, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. The announcement will take place with the Texas Rangers on Monday, which is the team he started his illustrious career with.
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In 21 seasons which included...
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