"I mean, I wasn’t thinking about the no-hitter. It was whatever."
(Jordan Zimmermann, via Washington Post, 6/8/2014)
Whatever. Just another so-so performance by a Nats starter. Jordan Zimmermann was pretty good on Sunday: Took a perfect game into the sixth inning, struck out 12 Padres, gave up two hits, walked none, went the distance. Guess that qualifies as a gem?
"That was pretty good right there."
(Danny Espinosa, via Washington Post, 6/8/2014)
"Whenever you get behind that early against a guy that tough, you start pressing. It somewhat affects your game plan as a hitter. You try to figure out, do you get aggressive and attack? Do you regroup? He went into attack zone, pounded the zone, hit his spots. Him in this ballpark, with a cushion like that, man, that's tough."
(Cameron Maybin, via U-T San Diego.com, 6/8/2014)
Watch video of all dozen strikeouts, etc. above, via MLB.com.
"The whole month of May, I was the guy. Everyone was having good starts and I was pitching terrible. You want to pitch like everyone else and be part of the group. We've got a good thing going right now."
(Jordan Zimmermann, via MASNSports.com, 6/8/2014)
Thanks to the 6-0 win, the Nats move into a 3-way tie for first in the NL East. They'd be running away with it if not for Soriano's blown save with 2 outs in the 9th on Saturday...not too shabby:
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