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Jordan Zimmermann did something in the second inning Friday night that no other pitcher in the major leagues had done this season and yet, in the Nationals much-needed 3-2 victory over the Marlins in 10 innings, he was still upstaged by one of his relievers.
PHILADELPHIA | With Jordan Zimmermann working in the sixth inning Sunday, left-hander Doug Slaten and right-hander Todd Coffey began to stir in the Washington Nationals' bullpen. The double-barreled action ended immediately after Zimmermann recorded the third out of the inning.
After a ninth inning Wednesday night that Sean Burnett would rather forget, the Nationals left-hander had a little trouble sleeping.
If the Nationals' doubleheader sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday was the coming out party for their offense — a facet of their game that had been dormant for much of the first 15 games — then their victory in the first game of a doubleheader with the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday was more proof that their formula for winning likely won't include the longball.
In the box score, the Nationals beat the Marlins Thursday night on a two-run home run by Adam LaRoche -- a ball that sailed into the right field seats at Sun Life Stadium in the top of the 11th inning to bring home Ryan Zimmerman and give Washington its second win of the 2011 season.
In the progression for Jordan Zimmermann from Nationals' heralded prospect, to Tommy John surgery survivor and back to bona-fide major league right-hander, his performance Friday afternoon on cool, cloudy day in New York City may well go down as one of the seminal moments.
A cursory glance at a few numbers about the Nationals' bullpen displays a divide in its effectiveness.
Some baseball openers don't reveal much of anything about the season ahead. Others, however, offer a clue or two. So it was with the Nationals' 2-0 loss to the Braves on Thursday down on South Capitol Street. It just seemed like the kind of game the Nats will be playing all season in the pitching-rich National League East: a low-scoring, error-free affair that turns on a pitch here and an at-bat there.
The Nationals were baffled by Derek Lowe, and they were largely unable to generate anything else off the parade of relievers who followed. But there were signs of progress for a team that is just one full season removed from two 100-loss campaigns.