Nats’ Johnson satisfied with Zimmermann’s start

Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann made his fourth start of the spring in a 5-1 loss to the Astros on Friday. He pitched five innings and allowed four runs on eight hits. Zimmermann threw 74 pitches, 51 strikes.

Manager Davey Johnson wasn’t concerned that Zimmermann gave up the four runs. The skipper just wanted Zimmermann to pitch five innings and get ready for Opening Day.

“The results weren’t that good, but he threw the ball well,” Johnson said. “He gave me five innings, which I wanted to see. Five innings is more important to me than the pitch count. He has one more start before the regular season starts. I like the way he is throwing. That’s the big thing.”

Zimmermann is expected to pitch the third game of a three-gane series against the Cubs on April 8th at Wrigley Field.

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