National League Game Summary - Washington at Atlanta
(Wednesday, May 1st)
Final Score: Washington 2, Atlanta 0
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Jordan Zimmermann tossed eight shutout
innings to extend his scoreless streak to 18 frames as the Washington
Nationals downed the Atlanta Braves, 2-0, on Wednesday night at Turner Field.
Zimmermann (5-1), who was coming off the best start of his career, a one-hit
complete-game bid against Cincinnati, surrendered just two hits and no walks
while striking out eight. Rafael Soriano saved it for Zimmermann with a
"First inning I didn't have my best stuff. The fastball I was getting inside a
little bit. I had good off-speed stuff and kept throwing that, then the
fastball came back a little later in the game," said Zimmermann.
Ian Desmond's two-run homer in the fourth inning was all the run support
Zimmermann needed, as Washington snapped a three-game skid and defeated
Atlanta for the first time in six tries this season.
"Nice to put up the W," said Desmond. "Jordan did a great job. Soriano came in
and finished it out. We put up a lot better at-bats tonight and played a lot
Braves starter Paul Maholm (3-3) hurled eight strong innings as well to absorb
the loss. Washington mustered just three hits against the Braves southpaw.
Both pitchers were terrific early on as each team managed just two hits apiece
through three innings. Atlanta's two, one each by Justin Upton and Maholm,
were the last hits they would register all game.
The visitors broke through in the top of the fourth inning on Desmond's fourth
homer of the season. Bryce Harper, who left the game in the sixth inning with
an apparent oblique injury, drew a walk to lead off the frame and Desmond
deposited a 1-1 offering over the wall in left-center field.
Zimmermann struck out side in the fifth and retired the last 17 batters he
faced before giving way to Soriano.
"He threw really well. He kept us off balance and he made some good pitches,"
said Braves outfielder Jordan Schafer. "Tip your hat to him this time."
After Soriano had recorded two outs, Andrelton Simmons roped a line drive down
the right field line. The ball had home run distance but missed the foul pole
by a few feet. Simmons then grounded out to end the game.
MLB Network cameraman Reuben Porras, 61, collapsed during pre-game and was
taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly before the
start of the game ... Upton finished April as the major league leader in home
runs, the first Brave since Dale Murphy in 1985 to accomplish such a feat ...
Maholm needed just 17 pitches to get through the first two innings, including
six in the second ... The game lasted just 2 hours and 15 minutes.