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Jordan Zimmermann strikes out the side in seventh inning to keep score tied vs. Cardinals

Oct 11, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

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Jordan Zimmermann was knocked around for five runs over three innings back in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Cardinals on Monday, but he was called on for the first relief appearance of his major league career in Game 4 this afternoon. And he was at the top of his game.

Zimmermann struck out the side to keep the score tied at 1-1 going into the bottom of the seventh inning. He got Pete Kozma and Kyle Lohse swinging and Jon Jay looking to complete his perfect frame. The Kozma strikeout was on a 97 mph heater.

Facing elimination, Ross Detwiler came up huge for the Nationals today, allowing one run on three hits and three walks over six innings while striking out two. Loshe has allowed just two hits and hasn’t walked a batter for the Cardinals. His only mistake was a solo homer by Adam LaRoche in the second inning. Looks like we’re headed for some more late-inning postseason drama.

  1. atom55 - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Just how good is the Nationals pitching tonight? They just struck out Matt Holliday looking at three straight balls.

    • ptfu - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:29 PM

      They must be pretty amazing if they can strike someone out looking on three straight balls. Everyone else has to do it with three called strikes :-)

  2. dakotah55 - Oct 11, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    HOT DAMN!!!

    That hit by Werth almost makes his contract look reasonable.

    • atom55 - Oct 11, 2012 at 7:15 PM

      I had resigned myself to that inevitable result after about the 35th pitch of that at bat.

      Props to you Jayson Werth! That was a pretty fantastic at bat. Now, if you don’t mind, I’m going to sit in the dark angry and bitter the rest of the night curing your name.

  3. natsattack - Oct 11, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Game 5!

  4. lazlosother - Oct 11, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    The Werth at bat was just awesome.

  5. paperlions - Oct 11, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Didn’t get to see any of the game, just saw some “highlights” which mostly consisted of Joyce calling balls 4-10″ off the plate strikes….was he that bad all day? That would explain why there were so few hits….but how in the world did anyone ever walk?

    • natstowngreg - Oct 11, 2012 at 10:16 PM

      I doubt that either side was happy with Joyce. Regardless, Davey needed his staff to step up tonight, and they did. Big time.

      Jordan Zimmermann would pitch Sunday, if the Nats win Friday. So this was a case of a starter pitching on his regular throwing day. Normally, Jordan paces himself and throws his fastball 93-95. This inning, he just let it rip, and most of his fastballs were at 97.

  6. natslady - Oct 11, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Joyce started off giving Lohse the corners, and had a really tight zone for Detwiler–earning himself a lot of very loud boos (nothing thrown on the field, though). Then he loosened it up for both pitchers. It was very strange.

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