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5. Quick Recap: Rain delayed the start of today's game for an hour and twelve minutes. About ten minutes later, the San Francisco Giants were up 2-0 in the second game of their three-game set with the Washington Nationals. Nats' starter Jordan Zimmermann gave up a leadoff double to right by Angel Pagan, then threw an 0-2 fastball up high to Hunter Pence that the Giants' right fielder hit it out to right-center, over the GEICO wall in Nationals Park for a 2-0 lead early in the Saturday matinee.
The Nationals battled right back, however, with Denard Span tripling off Giants' starter Tim Lincecum to start the Nats' first before scoring on an RBI single to right by Jayson Werth and Anthony Rendon walking and scoring from third when Adam LaRoche grounded into a 4-6-3 DP. 2-2 in D.C.
Tie ballgame! Adam LaRoche hits into a double play, but Rendon scores from third. #Nats tie it up, 2-2, in the first.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 23, 2014
The Nats took the lead with a three-run second. Asdrubal Cabrera walked with one down and scored on a two-out RBI single to center by Denard Span. Span took second on a wild pitch and scored on an error by Pablo Sandoval on an Anthony Rendon grounder to third. Rendon took second on the E:5, then scored when Jayson Werth singled to center for the second time. 5-2 Nationals.
After Zimmermann retired the ninth straight batter following Pence's first-inning home run, Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-out solo home run to left-center in Nats Park for a 6-2 lead in the third.
Jordan Zimmermann and Giants' right-hander Yusmeiro Petit then settled things down and kept it 6-2 through seven and a half. Santiago Casilla retired the Nats in the eighth and Matt Thornton threw a scoreless ninth to end it.
4. No Free Passes: Jordan Zimmermann's three walks last time out against the Arizona Diamondbacks in D.C. were the most he's allowed in any start this season.
Two of the three runners he issued free passed to came around to score.
A leadoff walk to Mark Trumbo in the fifth inning that night was followed by a single by Miguel Montero and an out and sac bunt later, a sac fly by Jake Lamb that brought Trumbo in to give the D-Backs a 1-0 lead.
A leadoff walk to Lamb in Zimmermann's seventh inning of work was followed immediately by a two-run home run by Didi Gregorius, which came a half-inning after the Nationals rallied to tie it up at 1-1.
The pitch to Gregorius was the last one Zimmermann threw.
"I had a good fastball and I had pretty good command," he said after what ended up a 5-4 Nats' win. "I just, a couple of them I fell behind and had to work pretty hard to get back and ended up walking them and that's why we preach we don't want to walk anyone. Two of my walks scored and we could have been home a lot earlier. Leadoff walks kill you and as you can see they usually come around and score."
The outing against Arizona, in which he received no decision, left Zimmermann (4-2) after 14 starts at home in Nationals Park this season with a 2.85 ERA, a 2.73 FIP, 16 walks (1.76 BB/9) and 63 Ks (6.91 K/9) in 82 IP, over which he's held visiting hitters to a combined .270/.311/.348 line.
This afternoon, in the Nationals' second game of three with San Francisco, he was facing the Giants for the eighth time in his career.
In the previous seven outings, he went (4-2) with a 2.89 ERA, nine walks (1.85 BB/9) and 35 Ks (7.21 K/9) in 43 ⅔ IP, over which he's held Giants' hitters to a combined .249/.291/.320 line.
1st: Leadoff man Angel Pagan doubled to start the Giants' first, sending a high 2-1 fastball into the right field corner. Hunter Pence fell behind 0-2, but got his bat on a high 93 mph fastball and hit it out over the center field GEICO wall in Nationals Park, 2-0 Giants. Buster Posey fouled an 0-2 fastball into Wilson Ramos' mitt. Pablo Sandoval sent a fly to left-center that Denard Span caught. Michael Morse was first-pitch swinging and he sent another fly to Span, ending a 14-pitch first.
2nd: Joe Panik sent a weak pop to short for the first out of the second. Giants' catcher Andrew Susac sent a fly to center for out no.2. A swinging K from Brandon Crawford ended a 13-pitch, 1-2-3 second. 27 total after two.
3rd: Tim Lincecum took a 3-2 fastball outside for a called strike three. Angel Pagan popped to Ian Desmond in short left for the eighth straight out recorded by Zimmermann. Hunter Pence K'd on a check-swing strike three on a slider in the dirt. 11-pitch, 1-2-3 third. Nine straight outs. 38 pitches overall.
4th: Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval hit back-to-back singles to left and right, respectively, to start the top of the fourth inning. Michael Morse took a 2-2 fastball inside for a called strike three. Joe Panik stepped in with one on and one out and sent a chopper to second that allowed Ian Desmond to start an inning-ending 6-3. 15-pitch frame. 53 total after four.
5th: Andrew Susac took a 94 mph 2-2 fastball for a called strike three and Zimmermann's 6th K. Brandon Crawford popped up to left for out no.2. Yusmeiro Petit popped out to Adam LaRoche in foul territory off first. 10-pitch, 1-2-3 fifth, 63 total for Zimmermann after five.
6th: Angel Pagan sent a spinner out to short that Ian Desmond handled. One down. Hunter Pence grounded weakly to second and beat the throw to first. Buster Posey popped to left on the first pitch he saw. Pablo Sandoval's two-out single to right moved Pence around to third. Michael Morse stepped in with two on and two out and K'd chasing a 2-2 slider into the dirt outside. 13-pitch frame. 76 pitches total after six.
7th: Joe Panik grounded out to first. Andrew Susac grounded to short. So did Brandon Crawford. Five-pitch, 1-2-3 seventh. 81 total after seven.
8th: Gregor Blanco lined a single to center to start the eighth. Angel Pagan grounded back to the mound for out no.1, moving Blanco up. Hunter Pence K'd looking at a wicked, knee-buckling 3-2 curve. Buster Posey fell behind 0-2, got to a 2-2 count with Blanco taking third on a bender in the dirt then popped out to center on a 3-2 fastball to end a 26-pitch frame that left Zimmermann at 107 overall after eight.
The line on Jordan Zimmermann tonight: 8 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K -- 107 pitches, 78 strikes. Heck of a performance. pic.twitter.com/ae7TNQduXl— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 23, 2014
• Jordan Zimmermann's Line: 8.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 Ks, 107 P, 78 S, 6/5 GO/FO.
3. Lincecum in D.C.: In seven second-half outings so far, one in relief, 30-year-old, '06 Giants' 1st Round pick Tim Lincecum is (1-3) with a 7.58 ERA, a 5.02 FIP, 14 walks (4.25 BB/9) and 27 Ks (8.19 K/9) in 29 ⅔ IP over which opposing hitters have put up a .320/.401/.590 line against him.
Lincecum earned his first second-half win last time out against the Philadelphia Phillies, giving up seven hits, four walks and two earned runs in 5.0 IP over which he threw 97 pitches. That start was at home in AT&T Park.
On the road this season, the veteran of eight major league seasons is (3-5) after 11 games, 10 starts and 55 ⅔ IP in which he has a 5.98 ERA, a 4.48 FIP and a .284/.354/.468 line against as opposed to his 3.52 ERA, 3.82 FIP and a .225/.307/.396 line against in San Francisco.
This afternoon's start was the 10th against the Nationals in his career.
In the previous nine outings, Lincecum went (1-5) with a 6.08 ERA, 20 walks (3.58 BB/9) and 47 Ks (8.40 K/9) in 50 ⅓ IP, over which Nats' hitters have put up a .296/.362/.478 line.
Five of those starts took place in Nationals Park, where the veteran right-hander was (1-3) before taking the mound today with a 5.76 ERA, six walks (1.82 BB/9) and 24 Ks (7.28 K/9) in 29 ⅔ IP in which the Nats' hitters have put up a .295/.326/.500 line against him.
Given a 2-0 lead to work with before he took the mound, Lincecum gave up a line drive to right by Nats' leadoff man Denard Span, who took third on what was ruled a triple when Hunter Pence misplayed a bounce off the corner of the outfield wall. A walk to Anthony Rendon put runners on the corners in front of Jayson Werth, whose single to right drove Span in to cut the Giants' lead in half. Adam LaRoche rolled into an 4-6-3 DP, but Rendon scored on the grounder to tie it up at 2-2. Ian Desmond walked with two down, but Bryce Harper's swinging K ended a 28-pitch bottom of the first.
Asdrubal Cabrera walked with one down in the Nationals' second, and moved up when Jordan Zimmermann bunted him over/gave up an out. A two-out single to center by Denard Span followed to give the Nationals a 3-2 lead. A wild pitch moved Span to second and a throwing error by Pablo Sandoval on an Anthony Rendon grounder allowed him to score, 4-2. Rendon took second on the error and scored on Jayson Werth's second RBI single of the game. 5-2. Lincecum needed 28 pitches to get through the second. 56 total after two.
Lincecum retired the first two batters he faced in the third, but a 2-0 fastball to Asdrubal Cabrera ended up in the Red Porch seats. 6-2 Nats on Cabrera's 11th. A two-out double to left by the opposing pitcher ended Lincecum's outing.
• Tim Lincecum's Line: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 Ks, 1 HR, 70 P, 39 S, 4/1 GO/FO.
2. Turning Point(s): After a 10-3 drubbing last night, the Nationals fell behind early on a two-run home run by Hunter Pence in the top of the first, but a leadoff triple to right by Denard Span started the Nationals' half of the first, and by the time the bottom of the inning was over it was tied up at 2-2. Span scored the Nats' first run and drove in a run the second time up against Giants' right-hander Tim Lincecum to give the Nationals a 3-2 lead in the second.
1. The Wrap-Up: Yusmeiro Petit took over on the mound for the Giants in the third and got a fly to left from Denard Span to end the inning.
Petit's second inning of work was a quick, nine-pitch, 1-2-3 frame in the fourth.
The Giants' right-hander retired the Nationals in order in the fifth as well, completing a quick, 10-pitch frame.
Petit retired his eighth, ninth and tenth straight batters in an 11-pitch, 1-2-3 sixth.
Adam LaRoche battled Petit for 10 pitches in his two out at bat, but his groundout to short gave the Giants' right-hander 13-straight outs.
Santiago Casilla came on to face the Nationals in the bottom of the eighth.
Matt Thornton came on for the Nationals in the ninth and finished the Giants off. 6-2 final.
Nationals now 74-54