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The Washington Nationals took the field Saturday evening looking to erase bad memories. The first: an error-riddled second-half debut the night before that contributed to their most lopsided loss of the season. The second: an injury-shortened outing for John Lannan in his last start on July 8 after he took a line drive off his face.
Ryan Zimmerman looked up at the sky, then down at his feet. He kicked some of the infield dirt around his post at third base. A sixth-inning grounder he'd lined up had just inexplicably gone through his legs. In truth, it was just the tip of the iceberg for the Washington Nationals.
Fans who began following the Nationals last year, when Stephen Strasburg swept through baseball like Halley's Comet, have a rosier outlook than fans who began following in 2005 when the team relocated to Washington, where it has never produced a winning record but twice managed 100-loss seasons.
The pitch left Jordan Zimmermann's teammates in stitches. And it showed how far the Washington Nationals' right-hander has come in the 22 months since Tommy John surgery rebuilt his right elbow.
Jayson Werth is in a lonely place right now.
Jason Marquis had arguably the worst outing by a Washington Nationals pitcher all year in his last start, allowing seven runs, six of them earned, in just 1 1/3 innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates. After the game, a 10-2 Nationals loss, Marquis was determined to put the start behind him.
The Washington Nationals placed catcher Ivan Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of a right oblique strain.
John Lannan hunched over in a crouch on the front of the mound at Nationals Park on Friday night likely in complete shock. The searing pain that would run through his body had probably not yet set in. Neither had the fact that he'd just taken Ty Wigginton's liner off his face in the fourth inning, barely deflecting the comebacker with his glove.
For the second straight night, the Washington Nationals got off to a promising start, setting themselves up for victory by scoring early. Unlike in Thursday's meltdown, their pitching staff kept the opponent at bay throughout the game Friday.