Ryan Zimmerman’s hit streak is in serious jeopardy. He’s 0-for-2 with two walks so far, and he’s only assured of coming up to bat one more time.
If the streak does end today at 30 games, Bruce Bochy is going to have to answer some questions. He just intentionally walked Zimmerman in the top of the seventh, a move that did make some strategic sense but won’t make the fans in D.C. too happy.
The situation: With runners on first and second and one out, Zimmerman came up to bat. Barry Zito threw his first pitch in the dirt, and it scooted away allowing both runners to advance. So now, with first base open and Josh Willingham on deck (remember, Adam Dunn is not in the lineup today), Bochy instructed Zito to throw three straight intentional balls and put Zimmerman on first base.
There was a smattering of boos among the crowd here at AT&T Park, many of them realizing what’s at stake here. At the time, there was a chance Zimmerman wouldn’t get to bat again. But Elijah Dukes singled home two runs (as Bochy’s plan backfired) and we now know Zim will hit at least once more today. He’s due up sixth, with two innings to go.
Meanwhile, Shairon Martis is dealing once again. He’s tossed six shutout innings so far, only two hits allowed. Pitch count is at 90 entering the seventh, so he may not be able to go the distance. Nevertheless, a nice (and much needed) outing from the rookie.