The Washington Times - May 1, 2009, 07:52PM

The Nationals trail the Cardinals 1-0 after three, the only difference being the one mistake Jordan Zimmermann’s made in what’s shaping up to be another otherwise impressive start.

Zimmermann threw maybe the worst pitch he’s thrown in three big-league starts in the first inning. After throwing four fastballs to Albert Pujols, all on the outer half of the plate, Zimmermann tried to come to the other half of the plate with one, but left it in the strike zone, and Pujols punished him, like he’s done to so many pitchers. He launched it into the left-field seats for a solo home run.

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Other than that, Zimmermann has been impressive, again. He’s thrown 29 of his 42 pitches for strikes, and has retired seven straight through three innings. His fastball has been up around 95 mph, and he’s working quickly. We’ll see if he can keep it up.