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PHOTOS: Zimmermann’s Nats career through the years

Nov 29, 2015, 4:36 PM EST

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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.

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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.

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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.

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AP

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.

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AP

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.

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AP

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.

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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.

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USA Today

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.

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USA Today

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.

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USA Today

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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  1. Sonny G 10 - Nov 29, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    **Sigh**

  2. TimDz - Nov 29, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    Regarding #4, you should add that he struck out the side on NINE PITCHES…..

  3. tcostant - Nov 29, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    I think his MLB debut was after a very long rain delay…

  4. unkyd59 - Nov 29, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    Well… Since nobody else has seen fit, yet… Here’s my favorite moment in Nats history, so far…

    http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/11493214/v36703055/must-c-classic-souza-saves-zimmermanns-nohitter/?c_id=mlb

    And for more than one reason… Sure it’s as dramatic as it gets, for a regular season game, with nothing really on the line, but how much did this play have to do with bringing Joe Cool and Trea Turner to town? This play really put Souza on the map, no?

    • virginiascopist - Nov 30, 2015 at 5:39 AM

      Absolutely. It set up the classic Rizzo move — sell high. Souza’s stock could not possibly have been any higher after the catch seen ’round the world.

    • natsfan1a - Nov 30, 2015 at 8:01 AM

      I didn’t name it as such, but the no-no and his 2012 NLDS relief appearance are two of my top in-person baseball memories. To be continued…

    • ArVAFan - Nov 30, 2015 at 1:38 PM

      Thank you for posting that link. Still gives me goosebumps (yes, I was there. I think I can see myself in the video at the very end when they scan the crowd). There can only be one first no-hitter in the franchise history: I’m so glad I was there.

  5. Section 222 - Dec 1, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    Just look at those pictures. That guy doesn’t care about winning at all. He’s soft. Good riddance.

    🙂

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