June 8: Nationals (32-29) 6, Padres (28-35) 0
The story of the game was all about Washington Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann as he stunned the San Diego Padres all night with 12 strikeouts, only two hits allowed and zero runs given up. Zimmermann went the distance in the Nats’ 6-0 shutout.
Zimmermann was on his game from the very start of the contest, as he didn’t allow a single base-runner until one out in the bottom of the sixth. He struck out four of the first six batters he faced and looked nearly untouchable.
The Nationals righty was coming off of his best outing of the season already, but he out-did himself in this one. In his previous start, Zimmermann had gone eight shutout innings against the Phillies on June 3. His gave up only five hits in that contest.
Offensively, Washington got all the offense it would need in the game just two batters in. Denard Span opened the game with a double, stole second, and was brought home by a Kevin Frandsen ground out to first for a 1-0 lead.
The Nationals added to that lead just two batters into the second when Ian Desmond followed a Ryan Zimmerman single to left with a two-run shot to center – making the game 3-0 in favor of the Nats.
Washington basically put it away for the rolling Zimmermann in the third when Adam LaRoche knocked in a run on a single and Danny Espinosa added two more with a two-run base knock to right off reliever Tim Stauffer.
The San Diego bullpen did its just from there as neither team scored a single run the rest of the way. Stauffer ate up some innings, going 3.2 frames and striking out six. The Padres relievers tallied a total of 11 strikeouts from the third inning on.
For Zimmermann on the other hand, he only had an Alexi Amarista single in the sixth and a Seth Smith lead-off triple in the seventh against his credit. He went the distance and had a 1-2-3 ninth frame to earn his fifth win and first complete game of the season.
On the other side, Eric Stults got hit with the loss for the Padres as he coughed up all six runs, eight hits and a home run in just 2.1 innings of work.