There’s not much the Nationals have done egregiously wrong in today’s game against the Astros. They just haven’t cracked Houston starter Brian Moehler well enough to string together a series of hits yet, and trail 1-0.
Jordan Zimmermann has been effective so far in his final start of the first half. The run he gave up in the first inning was unearned (Alberto Gonzalez made an error at shortstop to put Michael Bourn on first, and he wound up scoring). Ziimmermann gave up a hit and a walk after that, but has settled down since. He’s struck out three in the first four innings, but has only thrown 65 pitches. There have been several starts this year where Zimmermann’s heading into the fifth with his pitch count in the 80s, but he’s got a chance to go deeper in the game today.
The Nats have had a couple chances against Moehler, the best one coming in the third when Wil Nieves led off with a double. He stayed at second, though, and the Nationals also couldn’t make anything of three singles in the fourth.