The Nationals have tied this one up, with one Zimmermann keeping the game close and the other Zimmerman hitting a homer to even the score.
First, Jordan Zimmermann: He’s settled down in the middle innings, throwing more strikes and keeping the Orioles guessing at his off-speed pitches. He’s struck out six through six innings, and thrown 55 of his 83 pitches for strikes. He’s back out for the seventh, still pumping his fastball around 92-93 mph.
Ryan Zimmerman tied the game in the fourth inning with a two-run homer off Rich Hill over the out-of-town scoreboard in right center. Zimmerman has 11 homers now, and there’s definitely a correlation between the increased number and how many he’s hitting opposite field. He’s being more selective, staying back on the ball longer and is locked in enough that he doesn’t have to pull the ball to get power.
So we’re tied at two going into the seventh, and we’ll see if the Nationals can pull this one out while their bullpen (which eventually will become a factor) enters the game.