2:31, END 6: The Mets put a runner in scoring position for the first time, with Rob Johnson hitting a double with one out. But Zimmermann got a groundout and a popout to preserve his shutout. Having faced one batter of the minimum, Zimmermann has allowed two hits and no walks in six innings, throwing 68 pitches.
2:13, END 5: Jordan Zimmermann is making a mockery of the New York Mets. Another 1-2-3 innings, two groundball outs and a swinging strikeout of Justin Turner, who flailed at a curve in the dirt. Zimmermann has thrown only 51 pitches. This is the best start of the Nats’ spring, and it’s not even close.
2:07, MID 5: The Nats went scoreless in the second. Ian Desmond made himself 3 for 3 with a double into the left field corner. Espinosa stranded him by striking out looking.
2:01, END 4: Jordan Zimmermann continued his dominant start. He struck out Jason Bay to end another 1-2-3 inning. He has faced the minimum while throing only 38 pitches, 27 of them strikes. 2-0, Nats.
1:55, MID 4: Zimmermann is really rolling, having faced the minimum on 30 pitches through three innings. Jayson Werth hit another home run, a laster over the left field fence off Jon Niese. Werth has four homers and three doubles in 37 at-bats this spring. In his second at-bat, Xavier Nady struck out again. It’s 2-0 Nats.
1:47, MID 3: The Nationals lead, 1-0, thanks to two dominant innings by Jordan Zimmermann and a sacrifice fly in the third by Ryan Zimmerman. Ian Desmond has reached base twice on a pair of singles, as has Danny Espinosa, once on an error and once on a single. Those are the only three hits the Nationals have. In the second, Espinosa ran into an out by tagging at first, getting thrown out at second after Desmond scored. (It’s a good thing Desmond hustled, or the run would not have counted.)
Zimmermann has allowed one hit, but has faced the minimum thanks to a double. Xaiver Nady struck out in his first plate appearance of the spring, swinging at a Jon Niese curveball in the dirt.