Tuesday night's game was pretty crazy, to say the least. After 4 frames, the Nationals were down by 10 runs and their rookie starter had left the game having only given a lackluster 2 frames. Cole's short night showed him allowing 9 runs, 4 earned. Some of those unearned runs were his fault, however. A.J. Cole missed a catch that he should have had easily, allowing the frame to not only continue, but allow 4 more runs to score. Cole didn't help himself one bit. The Nationals chipped away, though, finally getting within the Braves grasp in the 7th inning where they got to within a run. While the Braves would pick up one more in the bottom portion of the frame, Dan Uggla Launched a 9th inning 3 run home run to steal the win against the Braves. The National left with a win, but they can't score 13 runs every night. Hopefully they can get their act together tonight for the final game of the series in Atlanta.
Zimmermann's last game was an improvement over his first few starts of the season. He went 6 innings, allowed only 2 runs, and struck out 4. Though he did not factor into the decision, he performed well and unfortunately it wasn't enough for the team to pick up the win. It is good to see Zimmermann getting things figured out, though. Tonight could finally be the night that he has his best stuff and that the Nationals offense does it's end of the work. Zimmermann's done well against the Braves current lineup, allowing only a .612 OPS over the course of 116 plate appearances.
Zimmermann vs. Current Braves
The Nationals will go up against Alex Wood tonight for the last game of the series. Wood is entering his 3rd season in the Major Leagues, and he's done pretty well for himself in that time. He has spent some time in the bullpen as well as a starter, and in those 70 games he's played he has started 39. He's accumulated a 2.90 ERA and an 8.5 K/9. All 4 of Woods starts in 2015 have been pretty good, his shortest game being the first of the season and in his last start he didn't allow any runs over the course of 5.2 innings. The Nationals have had 80 plate appearances against Wood and accumulated a .693 OPS. Jayson Werth has a field day with this guy, as does Bryce Harper. Look out for those 2 when Alex Wood is on the Mound.
Wood vs. Current Nationals