Apologies for the lack of blog posts today—my web browser isn’t getting along with our website today—but the first in-game post would’ve said the same thing as this one: Jordan Zimmermann is really good.
After throwing 30 pitches in the first inning against a Mets lineup that seemed like it could run him out of the game early, Zimmermann composed himself and allowed four more hits the rest of his day, none of which went for more than a single. His fastball touched 95 mph, and he again showed he’s unafraid to flip a curveball past hitters deep in counts (ask David Wright about that—he struck out three times against Zimmermann). Changeup was in the high 80s, probably a little harder than you’d want, but considering the crowd here is about five times as big as anything Zimmermann’s ever pitched in front of, you can’t fault him for being a little fired up.
And as a bonus, the Nats’ missing offense showed up today. Justin Maxwell has two hits, a walk and two stolen bases from the leadoff spot, and Jesus Flores and Austin Kearns each hit towering home runs—the latter a 420-foot blast onto the black in center field. A few observers in the press box said there hasn’t been a ball in Citi Field hit there yet.
Nats lead 8-1 after six. This one’s looking like a win.