Jordan Zimmermann is beginning to show some consistent dominance, just what the Nationals have been looking for out of their top pitching prospect.
The right-hander entered tonight’s game against the Blue Jays having allowed just three runs and seven hits over his last 11 innings, and he’s tossed three scoreless so far tonight.
Zimmermann, seeking his first win since April 26, has put at least one man on base in each inning, and that could cause a pitch-count issue as this game plays out. But he’s made the pitches when he’s needed to, and so has keep Toronto from scoring so far.
Unfortunately, Blue Jays lefty Brian Tallet has done the same. Tallet, too, has put at least one man on base each of the first three innings and escaped without any damage. The Nats had men on first and third with two outs in the first, but Elijah Dukes flied out to right. They had a man on first and one out in the third, but Ryan Zimmerman flied out to right and Adam Dunn grounded out to third.
So we’ve got another low-scoring pitchers’ duel here. We’ve seen a few of these lately.