"This year I came to do one thing, really," Jordan Zimmermann told reporters after Washington's 4-1 loss this afternoon in St. Louis, "and that's going deep into ballgames and I think I threw 210-212 innings, I don't even know what it was, but my main goal this year was 200 innings and go deep in ballgames and I felt I was able to do that all year."
The Nationals' 27-year-old right-hander went seven innings, giving up six hits and four runs against the Cards in Busch Stadium on Wednesday. Zimmermann received no decision in the loss, leaving him (19-9) on the year, with a 3.25 ERA, a 3.35 FIP, 40 walks (1.69 BB/9) and 161 Ks (6.79 K/9) in 32 starts and 213 1/3 IP in which he allowed 19 HRs (0.80 HR/9). The 19th home run Zimmermann allowed was a solo blast by Cardinals' first baseman Matt Adams in the sixth that made it a 4-1 game. The Nationals took an early 1-0 lead, but an RBI groundout by Matt Carpenter in the third drove in one and a two-run single by Yadier Molina in the fourth put the Cards ahead before Adams' HR put the Cards up by three.
"There was a couple hits and had some guys on and the ground ball up the middle kind of cost me," Zimmermann said, "and I thought I made a good pitch to Adams and it was up and a little in and he put a good swing on it and hit the home run, but overall I felt good and had a really good changeup today."
I thought [Zimmermann] pitched a pretty good ballgame," Davey Johnson said afterwards, "kept us in there, but we had three runs, no runs, one run [in the three losses]. Kind of tough." The last loss was the Nationals' seventh straight to the Cardinals as they were swept in the six-game season series after losing Game 5 of the NLDS last October.
The Nationals will have to wait until next year to have their revenge on the Cardinals.
What are the chances Zimmermann's signed to a long(er)-term deal by that point? We talked about Zimmermann's season; his growth, the changeup he worked into his arsenal this year; the pitching the Cards ran out against the Nationals this week; the Nationals' struggles against St. Louis and more on the latest edition of Nats Nightly after the game this afternoon:
• AUDIO: Nats Nightly with the District Sports Page's Dave Nichols and Federal Baseball:
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- Davey Johnson On Nationals Getting Swept By Cardinals: "They Just Kicked Our Butt."
- Cardinals 4-1 Over Nationals: Cards Sweep Season Series With Nats, 6-0
- Davey Johnson On Michael Wacha's No-Hit Bid; Ryan Zimmerman's 9th Inning Single