Zimmermann surrendered a solo home run to Logan Morrison in the fourth, but he’d retired six straight by the time the sixth inning opened up. Things unraveled from there.
First he had Hanley Ramirez down 1-2 and failed to put him away. At 2-2, he decided to throw a slider. The first regrettable offering. Ramirez hit it for his third single of the day.
Then, slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who already has etched his name into the young park’s lore with power to the furthest reaches of the stadium, strode to the plate.
Zimmermann threw him a 3-1 slider, and Stanton made him regret it the moment it hit his bat.
“You can’t throw a hanging a slider to him,” Johnson said. “He pitched him good the whole game. To get really beat on that pitch, that’s tough. You just can’t make mistakes with that part of the lineup.”
“I can throw anything in any situation,” Zimmermann said. “I just have to get it down a little more. That was right over the middle, and he’s one of those guys that’s trying to pull everything. He hits mistakes.”
His two-run shot tied the game, and Zimmermann would one more run before his day was over. A win was too far out of reach for an offense that generated little in the game’s final three frames.
“A little air went out of us when Stanton hit that bomb,” Johnson said. “We had our chances. We bounced back. We had the right guys up, we just didn’t seem to get it done.”