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Willis (20-8) blew right through the first five batters, but Zimmerman stepped up with two out in the second and drilled a shot to deep right-center for his second double in seven career at-bats.

Zimmerman also looked fairly comfortable in the field despite playing just seven games at shortstop at Class AA Harrisburg. He played the position in high school, though, and didn’t seem fazed by the challenge [-] though he did commit a pair of errors late in the game with the rout already on.

“It was fun,” Zimmerman said. “I wish I could have done a little better.”

Maybe Robinson should have put together a lineup exclusively of September call-ups. They were the only ones who seemed to have a clue against Willis. After five scoreless innings, the lefty finally got touched up in the sixth when Rick Short (who entered as part of a double switch) launched his first career homer into the left-field mezzanine. Moments later, pinch-hitter Kenny Kelly turned a routine liner to left-center into a double. That’s about all the offense Washington managed.

“Tonight felt like we were a second-tier team,” left fielder Marlon Byrd said. “They gave us a butt-whupping.”