Nov 29, 2015, 4:36 PM EDT
Here is a look back at Jordan Zimmermann’s seven-year career with the Washington Nationals after the news he has signed a free agent deal with the Detroit Tigers…
1. April 20, 2009 – Zimmermann’s MLB debut
Nearly two years after getting drafted by the Nats, Jordan Zimmermann made his MLB debut against the Atlanta Braves in one of the first games ever played at Nationals Park. Zimmermann went six strong innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits and a walk.
2. Aug. 26, 2010 – Zimmermann returns from Tommy John
After a year-long recovery from Tommy John surgery, Zimmermann returned to the mound to face the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park. He allowed five earned runs in four innings, but just returning to the majors was a feat in its own.
3. Aug. 31, 2010 – Zimmermann’s second start back from TJ
Getting on the mound again was one thing, but the way Zimmermann pitched in his second start back from Tommy John helped quell any remaining concerns about his future. Zimmermann was dominant through six innings against the Marlins with no runs allowed on one hit with nine strikeouts and zero walks.
4. Oct. 11, 2012 – Zimmermann comes out firing in relief
In the 2012 NLDS against the Cardinals, manager Davey Johnson summoned Zimmermann from the bullpen to pitch the seventh inning in a do-or-die Game 4. Zimmermann came out firing with five fastballs hitting 97, several ticks higher than usual. Zimmermann struck out the side and walked off the mound pumping his fist and yelling to the Nats dugout to celebrate.
5. April 26, 2013 – Zimmermann shuts out the Reds
In his first shutout of his career, Zimmermann allowed only one hit and one walk through nine innings in front of a home crowd at Nationals Park. He earned an 88 game score, which ranks fourth in his career.
6. Sept. 20, 2013 – Shutout against Marlins
His no-hitter wasn’t the only time Zimmermann dominated the Marlins. A year and a week before, Zimmermann earned a 91 game score after throwing nine shutout innings with only two hits allowed. He also added nine strikeouts to only one walk.
7. June 8, 2014 – 12 strikeouts against San Diego
Zimmermann shut the Padres out through a full nine innings with a career-high 12 strikeouts. He allowed only two hits and surrendered zero walks, earning the second-best game score of his career at 95.
8. Sept. 28, 2014 – No-hitter vs. Marlins
The Nationals had already clinched the NL’s best record and home field advantage in the playoffs. It was the final day of the regular season. But Zimmermann had something special in store, tossing the first no-hitter in Nats history. The game was capped by an all-time highlight reel catch by outfielder Steven Souza, Jr.
9. Oct. 4, 2015 – NLDS Game 2 against the Giants
Jordan Zimmermann pitched brilliantly through 8 2/3 innings and was one out away from a complete game shutout before manager Matt Williams pulled him for closer Drew Storen. Storen allowed the game-tying run and the Nats eventually lost in 18 innings.
10. Sept. 25, 2015 – Zimmermann’s final home game with Nats
Zimmermann’s final start at Nationals Park in 2015 did not go as planned. He got shelled for six earned runs in in five innings against the Phillies and was never given a good opportunity to receive an ovation from fans to recognize his contributions to the franchise. Perhaps he will get that chance when the Detroit Tigers play in D.C. in a May 9-11 series in 2016.
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