The Washington Times - April 20, 2009, 09:57PM

Jordan Zimmermann’s big-league career has begun, and it’s off to a rousing start. The 22-year-old right-hander has made it through the first three innings without surrendering a run, and though he’s allowed four hits, he escaped any significant damage thanks to some nice defense behind him.

First impression of the other Zim: He throws hard, and he throws strikes. Fastball topping out at 95 mph. Slider around 86 mph. He needed all of seven pitches to get through a 1-2-3 first inning. All seven were strikes.

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We’ll see if the Braves make any adjustments the second time around the order, and then if Zimmermann has any adjustments for the adjustments. But so far, so good.

Of course, the young righty wouldn’t mind some offensive support. Atlanta’s Derek Lowe retired the first six men he faced before Jesus Flores led off the seventh with a single. Zimmermann dropped a nice sacrifice bunt — is there anything the man can’t do? — to move Flores to second, but Anderson Hernandez lined hard to the shortstop to end the inning.

So as we head to the fourth, it’s 0-0 and the rain has begun falling again.