The Washington Nationals accumulated three hits in this game and were shutout at the 2 out point in the 9th inning when Ryan Zimmerman jacked a 2-run home run to make it the final score of 7-to-2. Craig Counsell‘s instincts of skipping Matt Garza and going with a bullpen staff today worked.
Edwin Jackson gave up 5-runs and made 5 bad pitches today which the Brewers did not miss. The Nats offense on the other hand was stymied most of the day. The Nats had a few chances but couldn’t put together the big hits early even though the Nats were 1-for-4 in RISP — that one hit was an infield dribbler by Zim who had 2 of the 3 hits and Trea Turner had the other which was a double off of the outfield wall.
The Nationals lost 3 of the 4 games in this series, but the offense never really showed up as Murphy and Rendon in the middle of the line-up have continued to struggle. Murphy left 2 runners on base and Rendon left 3 runners on base.
When Zimmerman hit his home run in the 9th inning today, it marked the second time in his career that he has reached the 30 home run level. Zim accomplished that feat in 2009 when he hit 33 home runs. Zimmerman also went over the 90 RBI mark which he has not done since the 2012 season. Zimmerman has a career high of 110 RBIs which he reached in his rookie 2006 season.
The team will fly out soon for Miami. The Marlins lost in extra innings bringing the Nats’ Magic # down to 12.