Nationals 10, Marlins 3
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Ok...Maybe Jordan Zimmermann didn't complete Jerry Maguire. But he did complete a game. Plus he totally had me at
Zimmermann threw 103 pitches on Monday night in Miami. The way the Nationals season is going you might assume that pitch count was through 6 innings. If you assumed that, you would be wrong. Zimmermann logged his 2nd career complete game (the first with a W) in a 10-3 victory over the Marlins.
But Zimmermann wasn't the only story of this baseball game. The Nationals offense was hitting Marlins pitches like they were giant kickballs.
The Nats offense followed up 8 total hits in 2 games against the Braves with 10 runs and 16 hits against the Marlins. These weren't cheap hits either. Several long drives to the barren wasteland of centerfield would have possibly been homers in other ballparks. In fact, the only Nats starter besides Zimmermann without a hit was...Bryce Harper. All the other starters had 2 or more hits!
Zimmermann's complete game was sort of quiet since the game was such a blowout. He gave up just 6 hits in 9 innings work striking out 6 and walking just one. Zim gave up 3 earned runs which in the past could have been a problem, but not this night.
The other Zimmerman, Ryan, crushed a towering homerun into the Clevelander causing FP to create a new Rally mascot.
The game started out with a bizarre rendition of our National Anthem too (player reactions)
The Marlins are probably going to be one of the worst teams in baseball this year, but it doesn't take away from the fact that the Nationals won a game they were supposed to win. Two more vs the fish starting tomorrow...