Sep 30, 2015, 3:48 PM EDT
ATLANTA — Jordan Zimmermann made his final start at Nationals Park last Friday night, an event that drew plenty of attention, in part because it didn’t end the way anyone would have liked for it to end. But the right-hander still had one more start to make in a Nationals uniform, and it will come tonight at Turner Field, where a crowd of 15,000 or so Braves fans won’t have much of any recognition of its significance.
For Zimmermann, it’s a bittersweet end to a mostly wonderful 9-season tenure with the Nats organization, dating back to his selection in the 2007 draft. This final season has been disappointing on both a team and individual level, but Zimmermann will reach some career milestones tonight, surpassing 200 innings pitched for the second time while making 33 starts for the first time.
The other big thing to keep an eye on: Bryce Harper, who has gone hit-less in six of his last seven games and has seen his lead over Dee Gordon for the NL batting title dwindle to 2 points (.334 to .332).
Updates to come…
WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ATLANTA BRAVES
Where: Turner Field, Atlanta
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 186/869
Weather: Partly cloudy, 75 degrees, Wind 7 mph LF to RF
3B Anthony Rendon
2B Trea Turner
RF Bryce Harper
LF Jayson Werth
1B Clint Robinson
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
CF Michael Taylor
RHP Jordan Zimmermann
CF Michael Bourn
3B Hector Olivera
RF Nick Markakis
C A.J. Pierzynski
1B Nick Swisher
2B Jace Peterson
SS Andrelton Simmons
LF Todd Cunningham
RHP Williams Perez
HP Mark Wegner (cc)
1B Sam Holbrook
2B Marty Foster
3B Mike Muchlinski
4:30 p.m. — Lineup change: Yunel Escobar was scratched, still feeling the effects of back spasms. So Anthony Rendon moves to third base and Trea Turner returns to the lineup at second base.
7:10 p.m. — And we’re underway.
7:28 p.m. — The Nats had a golden opportunity in the top of the first after Anthony Rendon led off the game with a double. But they couldn’t bring him in after that. The Braves, on the other hand, got a 2-out double from Nick Markakis, setting up A.J. Pierzynski’s bloop RBI single to left. It’s 1-0 Atlanta after one.
7:47 p.m. — Make it 2-0 after the Nats squandered another opportunity in the second inning (two on, nobody out) while the Braves made the most of theirs (Michael Bourn’s 2-out RBI single to right).
8:00 p.m. — Bryce Harper’s mini-slump is getting larger. He’s 0-for-2 tonight after grounding into a double play to end the third and is now 3 for his last 24. His batting average is down to .333, though with Dee Gordon also 0-for-2 tonight and down to .331, Harper still holds the lead in the race for the NL batting title.
8:16 p.m. — Four scoreless innings so far tonight, meaning the Nats have scored all of one run in 13 innings so far in this series against Matt Wisler, Edwin Jackson, Arodys Vizcaino and Williams Perez. Not good. Still 2-0 Atlanta after four.
8:30 p.m. — Five innings down, still 2-0 Atlanta.
8:51 p.m. — Six innings down, still 2-0 Atlanta. And it appears Jordan Zimmermann’s Nats career has come to an end. He’ll be pinch-hit for in the top of the seventh.
9:03 p.m. — Not too much to report about this game. Still 2-0 through seven after scoreless innings from Peter Moylan and Sammy Solis. Anthony Rendon has played a brilliant third base tonight.
9:15 p.m. — We’re heading to the ninth already. Still 2-0 Braves.
9:22 p.m. — That’s it. Nats lose 2-0 in a scant 2 hours, 12 minutes. Really not much to say about this one, except that Jordan Zimmermann certainly deserved better in his final start.
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