It’s now official: Ryan Zimmerman’s streak is over.
Zimmerman grounded into a fielder’s choice in the ninth inning. He went 0-for-3 with two walks (one intentional) today, so the streak comes to an end at 30 games.
Nice moment here, though, when Zim hit the grounder to short. The crowd gave him a standing ovation. Classy move from the San Francisco folks.
I am sure, however, that Zimmerman will tell us he gladly traded in the streak today for a victory. The Nats got one, beating the Giants, 6-3, thanks to another strong performance from rookie Shairon Martis and a late offensive outburst that extended their lead.
Interesting that Manny Acta decided to let Kip Wells finish this one out. Wells finished the eighth after Joe Beimel faltered, and was given the chance to return for the ninth. Earlier today, Acta had said Joel Hanrahan would be returning to closer duties, though not necessarily in every situation. This apparently wasn’t one of them.
So Wells records his second career save. Even though the final margin was four, he entered with a two-run lead and the tying run at the plate.