The Nats, winners of four of their last five games, are looking good so far in their attempt to make that five of six. Washington leads Arizona, 1-0, after three innings thanks to a titanic blast by Adam Dunn and some crafty pitching by John Lannan.
Dunn absolutely crushed a second-inning pitch from Doug Davis to the opposite field. This thing hit the bottom left corner of the scoreboard above left-center field, some 40 or so feet above the 413-foot sign. So how was the announced distance 419 feet?
Lannan, meanwhile, has put six men on base in three innings yet slithered his way out of the jams. He coaxed a comebacker from Josh Wilson with a man on third in the second, firing home to nail Josh Whitesell. And with the bases loaded and one out in the third, he watched as Cristian Guzman and Ronnie Belliard teamed up to turn a nifty double play on Whitesell’s grounder up the middle.
In perhaps the game’s most stunning development so far, Ryan Zimmerman has gone hitless in his first two at-bats, leaving his 26-game hit streak in jeopardy. Zimmerman has hit the ball plenty hard, flying out to the right-field warning track twice (fellow Tidewater native Justin Upton jumped at the fence and robbed him of extra bases in the top of the third).
After extending the streak in his first at-bat the last three nights, Zimmerman is going to face some pressure now to get it done.