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Jordan Zimmermann was terrific in his second complete game of the season and the Washington Nationals limited the Cincinnati Reds to one hit for the second straight game in a 1-0 victory on Friday night.
Zimmermann (4-1) struck out four and walked one while improving to 3-0 with a 1.36 ERA in five career games against Cincinnati. The right-hander needed only 91 pitches to record his third career complete game.
It was the first time the Reds managed just one hit in consecutive games since July 5-6, 1900, against Brooklyn, according to research by the Elias Sports Bureau that the team provided. The Houston Astros from Sept. 14-15, 2008, were the last team with such a streak.
Xavier Paul led off the third with a single to center for Cincinnati's only hit off Zimmermann. The other baserunners came when Todd Frazier reached on an error by first baseman Adam LaRoche in the fifth and Corky Miller walked in the eighth.
Washington won the first game of the series when Gio Gonzalez pitched eight innings of one-hit ball in an 8-1 victory on Thursday night. Joey Votto homered for Cincinnati's only hit in this one.
Homer Bailey (1-2) was nearly as good as Zimmermann, pitching seven crisp innings for the Reds. He allowed one run and six hits, struck out six and walked none.
The Nationals' only run came in the third. Bryce Harper tripled to right and scored on Jayson Werth's single to right.
That was enough for Zimmermann, who is 8-0 with a 3.02 ERA in his last 14 regular-season home starts.
LaRoche was hitless in three at-bats. He's mired in an 0-for-19 slump. ... Reds manager Dusty Baker said RHP Johnny Cueto, on the disabled list with a pulled muscle in his back, is not close to returning. ... Washington manager Davey Johnson said he hopes 3B Ryan Zimmerman, on the DL with a hamstring strain, will soon be able to go on a rehab assignment. He could be reactivated next weekend. Rookie Anthony Rendon, who was called up to play third while Zimmerman was out, was on the bench for the second straight games. He's just 2 for 15.
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So Gio Gonzalez, Tyler Clippard and Ryan Zimmerman were in attendance for the 2013 "nerd prom" (White House Correspondents' Dinner) Saturday night at the Washington Hilton Hotel.
Up above, a shot of Gio and Clippard as seen on C-Span via @CT_IKE.
Below, a shot of Ryan Zimmerman via @HowardArenstein.
According to the Washington Post, Bryce Harper received an invite...
Heck of a start by Gio Gonzalez last night against the Reds, no? Meanwhile, Gio posted the photo above (Photo via giog47 on Instagram) of his collection of Nats starting rotation bobbleheads in his locker at Nationals Park a few days ago: Jordan Zimmermann, Stephen Strasburg, and Gio Gonzalez. Anybody missing?
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Julie Alexandria‘s first two night on the job covering the Nationals for MASN have been wet ones.
No, rain hasn’t been on the forecast, but Gatorade has. Alexandria has had the unfortunate luck to cover back to back one-hitters at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
She happened to be standing next to Gio Gonzalez when he received his Gatorade shower after a one-hitter on Thursday...
The Washington Nationals have initiated new MASN field reporter Julie Alexandria to the team. How you ask? By giving her the postgame Gatorade bath.
This started last year after various Nationals victories. Not only would the player in the on-field postgame interview get doused, but so would the reporter. Last season, Kristina Akra was the person who was the brunt of several...
The Washington Nationals used a sterling performance from Gio Gonzalez and some offensive activity to defeat Cincinnati 8-1 on Thursday night.
After the game new MASN reporter Julie Alexandria got welcomed to the sidelines with a Gatorade shower while interviewing Gonzalez. (H/T Nats Inquirer)
To earn the shower Gonzalez went 8 innings allowing one run. Here are some screenshots...
Julie Alexandria's first two nights on the job covering the Nationals for MASN were wet ones.
But not because of Mother Nature. It came by way of the Gatorade jug.
Alexandria has had the unfortunate luck to cover back-to-back one-hitters at Nationals Park in Washington on Thursday and Friday.
She was interviewing Thursday's winning pitcher Gio Gonzalez when he received...
Following the Washington Nationals beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-1 on Thursday night, sideline reporter Julie Alexandria took a very unexpected Gatorade shower courtesy of a celebration bucket meant for Gio Gonzalez. Julie was working her very first game for MASN, and she handled the situation like a seasoned veteran. Gio was absolutely deserving of his portion of the Gatorade...
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I tried to be sneaky tonight by taking a prop bet that Bryce Harper would NOT homer off Bronson Arroyo. You figure that Arroyo is a veteran pitcher who should know better than to pitch to the one hitter in the Nationals cold lineup who can hurt you. What resulted was one of the longest home runs that Bryce Harper has ever hit.
After the ball landed on the centerfield...
TWO FOR TWO
Thursday was the first day of a brand new gig for MASN reporter Julie Alexandria. She received a Gatorade dousing that was meant for Washington Nationals (and former White Sox super-prospect) Gio Gonzalez. The Nationals’ blanked the Cincinnati Reds last night, with Jordan Zimmermann’s performance worthy of a potential Gatorade bath. However as you can see in the video below,...
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On Friday night, the Cincinnati Reds saw something the franchise hasn't experienced in more than 113 years.
If they're lucky, it won't happen again for another 113 years.
Washington's Jordan Zimmermann was terrific in his second complete game of the season and the Nationals limited the Cincinnati Reds to one hit for the second straight game in a 1-0 victory on Friday...