Thru 6: Nats take 6-5 lead

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Things have settled down considerably since we last spoke, certainly from a pitching perspective.

Jordan Zimmermann, though, still isn’t looking as sharp as everyone hoped he’d be. J-Zimm gave up five runs in five innings, putting 11 men on base in the process. That’s the fourth straight start in which he’s allowed five or more earned runs. And he’s not beating himself with a ton of walks. He’s getting hit. Seems like he’s not fooling many batters with his stuff. Zimmermann throws the ball hard, but he needs to refine his offspeed pitches in order to keep hitters off balance. Right now, they’re just sitting on his fastball and slider.

On the bright side, the rookie won’t be dealt the loss today. He departed with the score tied, and the Nats have since regained the lead thanks to Ryan Zimmerman’s RBI single scoring Cristian Guzman (who already has three hits today, raising his average to .385). And no, he still hasn’t drawn a walk this season.

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