Ryan Zimmerman had never faced Randy Johnson in his life prior to tonight. Now, there are some pitchers you can just walk up to face sight unseen and have a chance to get him. But Randy Johnson? Sorry, even at age 45 he’s an intimidating presence on the mound.
But not for the hottest hitter in the major leagues. In his first career at-bat against the Big Unit, Zimmerman laced a sharp line-drive single to center, extending his streak to 29 games.
Johnson had made Zim look silly one pitch before, getting him to chase one of those infamous sliders that has helped him win 297 career games. But with the count 1-2, Zim took an outside fastball back up the middle and dropped it in front of a lunging Aaron Rowand in center field.
So the streak lives for another day. You can read plenty more about it and how Zimmerman is starting to gain national attention in tomorrow’s paper.
Two other pregame notes for you…
— Lastings Milledge will visit a hand specialist in Baltimore tomorrow to have his broken right ring finger examined. The extent of the injury will determine how long Milledge is out, but he’s definitely going on the minor-league DL. And that means it’s going to be even tougher for the outfielder to make it back to the big leagues. “At the early stage of his career, whenever you miss a chunk of at-bats, it retards your progress a little bit,” acting GM Mike Rizzo said. “He had things to work on. He was just starting to come around swinging the bat a little bit.”
— Jesus Flores is out of the lineup again with a bruised right shoulder. Flores is feeling better, but the shoulder is still sore, so Wil Nieves is behind the plate again tonight.