Zimm Can't Buy a Win in B-more.

DC Sports Nexus ---- Friday, June 22, 2012

Nationals 1, Orioles 2

The Nationals dropped the first game of their three game set in Baltimore tonight despite a strong performance from Jordan Zimmermann.  The game was delayed an hour because of rain, but the park was still packed when the first pitch was thrown out.

J-zimm didn't have his best stuff tonight, but he limited the Orioles lineup to 2 runs and pitched 7 good innings.  He gave up 1 run on a Mark Reynolds homerun and another on a J.J. Hardy double.

Unfortunately for the Nationals, Jason Hammel pitched even better for 8 innings.  He recorded a career high 10 strikeouts.  The Nat's only run came off of a throwing error in the 5th.  Hardy made a couple of leaping catches at shortstop to rob the Nats of base runners that are so hard to come by these days.

Ian Desmond was about the only Nat to have a decent night at the plate, going 2-3 and scoring the only run of the night.  There were no signs of life from Zim, Laroche, or Harper tonight.  Jim Johnson came into the 9th to close things out for save number 21.

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