May 28, 2012, 10:42 PM EDT
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Jordan Zimmermann gave up four runs, three in the bottom of the sixth.
MIAMI — He threw 98 pitches for the afternoon, most of them quality pitches that held the Marlins' potent lineup in check. Jordan Zimmermann, though, couldn't get past those two wayward sliders he served up on a tee to Hanley Ramirez and Giancarlo Stanton in the bottom of the sixth inning.
"I mean, two pitches is what it comes down to for me," Zimmermann said. "Two bad pitches, and it cost me the game."
Yes, the Nationals did have other opportunities to avoid a 5-3, Memorial Day loss to Miami. They were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position, the lone hit coming on Ryan Zimmerman's two-run double in the fifth off Carlos Zambrano. They went 0-for-8 against the Marlins bullpen. And they let Jose Reyes hustle his way to an insurance run in the seventh.
But those two sliders from Zimmermann in the sixth probably defined this game, and they certainly stuck in everyone's craw well after theRead more »
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