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Not too hot, not too cold, Zimmermann picks up his 10th win

by Jacob Emert | MLB.com

If Jordan Zimmermann’s 2015 season has been a mixed batch of great outings and disappointing ones, Sunday’s effort fell somewhere in the middle.

Zimmermann recorded his 10th win of the year, but he was unable to pitch out of the fifth inning and allowed four earned runs.

“I did OK,” Zimmermann said after the Nationals’ 9-5 series clinching win over Milwaukee. “Definitely not my best. Didn’t have my best stuff.”

A Wisconsin native, Zimmermann’s struggles against the Brewers started right from the start. Scooter Gennett led the game off with a single, and Jonathan Lucroy followed suit with a long home run.

“They punched me in the mouth in the first,” Zimmermann said. “I kind of woke up after that, and I was doing OK for a few innings.”

The Nationals’ offense responded with five runs over the next four innings, putting Zimmermann in an aggressive mindset with sizable lead and an already high pitch count.

With a full count in the fifth inning, Gennett sat on Zimmermann’s fastball and belted it into the right-field seats.

“3-2, obviously I’m going to throw a heater to Gennett there, and he hits a homer,” Zimmermann said. “But other then that, they made me battle. I threw a lot of pitches, and obviously the pitch count was way higher than I want it to be.”

Sunday marked the fifth game in which the righty allowed multiple home runs in his 26 starts this season.

Tagged for eight hits, Zimmermann struck out seven and walked only one. Part of his struggles, like last time out in Colorado, was he felt unable to find the sharpness to his slider.

“It was terrible,” Zimmermann said. “It was backing up. I probably threw 4 or 5 good ones all game and the others were just spinning and staying middle.”

With the win, the Nationals improved to 62-61 on the season and won two consecutive series for the first time since late June.

<b>Jacob Emert</b> is an associate reporter for MLB.com.

Nats’ Treinen has act together on mound

By Bill Ladson

WASHINGTON — Nationals reliever Blake Treinen has been virtually unhittable since returning from Triple-A Syracuse on Aug. 6. Since his return, Treinen has pitched nine shutout innings with 10 strikeouts.

The key, according to Treinen, has been staying aggressive in the strike zone, thanks to his 98-mph slider. Getting ahead of hitters also has played a role in his success.

Before he went to the Minor Leagues, Treinen had mixed results with the slider. There were days when it would be sharp and breaking in the inner and outer half of the plate and other days when it would act like a slurvy pitch and stay up in the strike zone. Against the Dodgers on July 19 at Nationals Park, he pitched one-third of an inning and allowed four runs, and was sent to the Minors after the game.

Looking back, Treinen said going to Syracuse was a blessing in disguise.

“Everybody is going to be frustrated when they are told they are going down. But looking back, it was all part of a plan and a purpose for my career,” Treinen said. “The Nationals saw something that needed to be fixed. You have to adjust yourself with the right mindset.

“I was fortunate to get myself in the right mindset to go down and work on things. I know I have been given an opportunity and privilege to be up here. I don’t want to squander it by being pigheaded and not trying to make adjustments. Obviously something wasn’t working. I feel really blessed to have an opportunity to be back with this club.”

August 23: Brewers @ Nationals

by Jacob Emert | MLB.com

Teams: Washington Nationals (61-61, -5.0 in NL East), Milwaukee Brewers (53-71, -25.0 in NL Central)

Streaks: Nationals: W1, Brewers: L1

First pitch: 1:35 pm ET

Watch & Listen: MASN 2 / 106.7 The FAN

WSH Lineup: Jayson Werth (LF), Anthony Rendon (3B), Bryce Harper (RF), Ryan Zimmerman (1B), Ian Desmond (SS), Danny Espinosa (2B), Wilson Ramos (C), Michael Taylor (CF), Jordan Zimmermann RHP)

MIL Lineup:  Scooter Gennett (2B), Jonathan Lucroy (C), Ryan Braun (RF), Adam Lind (1B), Khris Davis (LF), Domingo Santana (CF), Jean Segura (SS), Elian Herrera (3B), Matt Garza (RHP)

Transactions: None

Stay informed: 

  • Ross, offense even series against the Brewers (link)
  • Taylor tearing it up from the No. 8 spot (link)
  • Timing is right for Rendon’s offensive breakout (link)
  • Play Ball teaches children about baseball, life (link)
  • Sunday’s preview vs. Milwaukee (link)

Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JacobEmert.

Nats’ Ramos, Lobaton trying to improve catching throws from right field

By Bill Ladson

WASHINGTON — Before Saturday’s game against the Brewers, Nationals manager Matt Williams had catchers Wilson Ramos and Jose Labaton work on catching throws from right field.

The practice came a day after Lobaton, normally a quality catcher, had a tough time catching a good throw from Bryce Harper in the seventh inning against the Brewers. It allowed two runs to score and Harper was charged with an error on the play.

“We want to make sure, given the homestand and us playing extended games [at Nationals Park], we want to make sure we have a good feel [for the throws]. That’s all it was today,” Williams said.

Ramos, especially, has had problems catching throws with a short hop from Harper. Ramos tries to tag the runner and catch the ball at the same time, which leads to the ball going past Ramos and allowing the runner to score.

There was pitching machine in right field, shooting missiles to Ramos and Lobaton. While they were making the plays, there is nothing like making the plays during the game.

“It helps us get more comfortable at the plate and practice the position of receiving the ball,” Ramos said. “Receiving balls from the outfield, we have short bounces, so it’s not easy catch that ball. You are thinking about the runner and the ball and you want to catch the ball and tag the runner quickly.

“Sometimes, we miss the ball because we try to be too quick. It’s part of the game. I know we have to catch the ball first and then tag the runner. We were practicing today — just catch the ball and [tag] the runner.

August 22: Brewers @ Nationals

by Jacob Emert | MLB.com

Teams: Washington Nationals (60-61, -5.0 in NL East), Milwaukee Brewers (53-70, -25.0 in NL Central)

Streaks: Nationals: L2, Brewers: W2

First pitch: 7:05 PM

Watch & Listen: MASN 2 / 106.7 The FAN

WSH Lineup: Jayson Werth (LF), Anthony Rendon (3B), Bryce Harper (RF), Ryan Zimmerman (1B), Ian Desmond (SS), Danny Espinosa (2B), Wilson Ramos (C), Michael Taylor (CF), Joe Ross (RHP)

MIL Lineup:  Shane Peterson (CF), Jonathan Lucroy (C), Ryan Braun (RF), Adam Lind (1B), Khris Davis (LF), Scooter Gennett (2B), Jean Segura (SS), Elian Herrera (3B), Taylor Jungmann (RHP)

Transactions: None

Stay informed: 

  • Top position player Turner makes MLB debut (link)
  • Nationals struggle to find comfort at home (link)
  • Escobar hurts neck chasing ball (link)
  • Scherzer lines out in rare pinch-hit at-bat (link)
  • Saturday’s preview vs. Milwaukee (link)

Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JacobEmert.

Rizzo: ‘It was time to inject speed, youth and athleticism to the team’

By Bill Ladson

WASHINGTON — Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo felt it was time to inject speed, youth and athleticism to the team and that’s why shortstop Trea Turner was called up to the big leagues Friday afternoon.

Rizzo called Turner “a contact bat with a lot of speed” and can play the middle infield spots. Rizzo warned that it may take a while for Turner to warm up to the big league level. While playing for Double A Harrisburg and Triple A Syracuse, for example, Turner got off to slow starts with the bat, but managed to get the batting average up to .300 in both places.

“We thought it was an opportune time to take advantage of his skills,” Rizzo said of Turner. … “We are not expecting him to be the savior of the offense or the savior of the ballclub. We just want him to do what he does best – add his skillset to Matt Williams’ arsenal of tools to win baseball games. We are not trying to develop at the big league level. We are just trying to win games and we are injecting players that we think have skillset that will help us win.”

The Nationals have 42 games left in the season and 27 of them will be at Nationals Park. Asked what improvements he would like to see from this point forward from his team, Rizzo said, “We are trying to win games. We are thinking one game at a time, we are playing with some urgency. … These guys are into it, they are hustling, they are playing hard. We know where we are at. We know what lies ahead of us. We have to play hard and try to win this game.”

August 21: Brewers @ Nationals

by Jacob Emert | MLB.com

Teams: Washington Nationals (60-60, -4.0 in NL East), Milwaukee Brewers (52-70, -26.0 in NL Central)

Streaks: Nationals: L1, Brewers: W1

First pitch: 7:05 PM

Watch & Listen: MASN 2 / 106.7 The FAN

WSH Lineup: Jayson Werth (LF), Anthony Rendon (2B), Bryce Harper (RF), Yunel Escobar (3B), Clint Robinson (1B), Ian Desmond (SS), Jose Lobaton (C), Michael Taylor (CF), Gio Gonzalez (LHP)

MIL Lineup:  Jean Segura (SS), Jonathan Lucroy (C), Ryan Braun (RF), Adam Lind (1B), Khris Davis (LF), Domingo Santana (CF), Hernan Perez (3B), Elian Herrera (2B), Jimmy Nelson (RHP)

Transactions: The Nationals purchased the contract of their No. 2 prospect Trea Turner. First baseman/outfielder Tyler Moore was placed on the 15-day disabled list (left ankle sprain). RHP Aaron Barrett (right elbow sprain) was transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL.

Stay informed: 

  • Nationals call up top prospect Turner (link)
  • Taylor breaks Statcast record with 493-foot home run (link)
  • Despite Taylor’s late bomb, Nats fall short in series finale (link)
  • Span building innings in encouraging rehab, plus other injury updates (link)
  • Friday’s preview vs. Milwaukee (link)

Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JacobEmert.

August 20: Nationals @ Rockies

by Jacob Emert | MLB.com

Teams: Washington Nationals (60-59, -3.5 in NL East), Colorado Rockies (48-70, -18 in NL West)

Streaks: Nationals: W2, Rockies: L2

First pitch: 8:40 pm ET

Watch & Listen: MASN 2 / 106.7 The FAN

WSH Lineup: Jayson Werth (LF), Anthony Rendon (2B), Bryce Harper (RF), Yunel Escobar (3B), Ian Desmond (SS), Ryan Zimmerman (1B), Michael Taylor (CF), Wilson Ramos (C), Max Scherzer (RHP)

COL Lineup: Charlie Blackmon (CF), Jose Reyes (SS), Carlos Gonzalez (RF), Nolan Arenado (3B), Ben Paulsen (1B), Matt McBride (LF), Daniel Descalso (2B), Dustin Garneau (C), Yohan Flande (LHP)

Transactions: None

Stay informed: 

  • Strasburg dominates to earn first win at Coors (link)
  • Werth’s big triple backs stellar Strasburg vs. Rockies (link)
  • Harper, living up to hype, sets sights even higher (link)
  • Carpenter eyes return with rehab assignment (link)
  • Thursday’s preview vs. Colorado (link)

Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JacobEmert.

August 19: Nationals @ Rockies

by Jacob Emert | MLB.com

Teams: Washington Nationals (59-59, -4.5 in NL East), Colorado Rockies (48-69, -18 in NL West)

Streaks: Nationals: W1, Rockies: L1

First pitch: 8:40 pm ET

Watch & Listen: MASN 2 / 106.7 The FAN

WSH Lineup: Jayson Werth (LF), Danny Espinosa (2B), Bryce Harper (RF), Yunel Escobar (3B), Ian Desmond (SS), Ryan Zimmerman (1B), Michael Taylor (CF), Wilson Ramos (C), Stephen Strasburg (RHP)

COL Lineup: Charlie Blackmon (CF), Jose Reyes (SS), Carlos Gonzalez (RF), Nolan Arenado (3B), Ben Paulsen (1B), DJ LeMahieu (2B), Nick Hundley (C), Kyle Parker (LF), Jorge De La Rosa (LHP)

Transactions: None

Stay informed: 

  • Werth’s move to leadoff spot pays off quickly (link)
  • Nats pile on late to punctuate rout of Rockies (link)
  • Move to ‘pen helping Rivera blossom (link)
  • Wednesday’s preview vs. Colorado (link)

Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JacobEmert.

August 18: Nationals @ Rockies

by Jacob Emert | MLB.com

Teams: Washington Nationals (58-59, -4.5 in NL East), Colorado Rockies (48-68, -18 in NL West)

Streaks: Nationals: L6, Rockies: W1

First pitch: 8:40 pm ET

Watch & Listen: MASN 2 / 106.7 The FAN

WSH Lineup: Jayson Werth (7), Danny Espinosa (4), Bryce Harper (9), Yunel Escobar (5), Ian Desmond (6), Ryan Zimmerman (3), Michael Taylor (8), Wilson Ramos (2), Jordan Zimmermann (RHP)

COL Lineup: Jose Reyes (6), D.J. LeMahieu (4), Carlos Gonzalez (9), Nolan Arenado (5), Ben Paulsen (3), Nick Hundley (2), Kyle Parker (7), Brandon Barnes (8), David Hale (RHP)

Transactions: None

Stay informed: 

  • Rizzo reiterates confidence in club, Williams (link)
  • Nats stymied as MadBum as Ross exits early (link)
  • Ross disappointed with Bay Area debut (link)
  • Tuesday’s opener vs. Colorado (link)

Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JacobEmert.

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