Nationals Vs. Angels: Nationals Swept Out Of Anaheim In 1-0 Loss

Manager Davey Johnson's first win as Washington Nationals manager remains elusive as Jordan Zimmermann puts together another fantastic performance. But the same old problem that plagued the team earlier in the year has returned to haunt them: the lack of offense.

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Nationals Vs. Angels Final: Nationals Swept In A Heartbreaker 1-0

No one would blame Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, who is usually stone-faced and collected, if he showed a little bit of disappointment Wednesday night in the locker room. He made Washington history by putting together his 11th consecutive quality start, most in franchise history, but that was lost in Washington's 1-0 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. The Nationals were swept out of Anaheim riding a three game win streak.

What was more devastating was the one run of the game was unearned and was thanks to a Washington veteran. The run came when Bobby Abreu scored on a double play ball. However, he never would have if third baseman Ryan Zimmerman did not make an errant throw earlier in the inning. Zimmerman worked against Zimmermann and it cost the Nationals and their talented young pitcher. Zimmermann went eight innings giving up only one unearned run walking one and striking out four.

Manager Davey Johnson's unique line-up of bench players could only muster three hits. Zimmerman, Brian Bixler and Ivan Rodriguez each collected hits while the team was tagged with eight strikeouts and left 10 men on base. It seems the Nationals old enemy (themselves and) lack of offense has come back to plague them.

Jerry Hairston Jr. had to leave the game in the fifth-inning after getting hit in the hand by a pitch. He has been listed day-to-day.

The Nationals fall under .500 to 40-41 while Johnson's first win as manager remains elusive. The Nationals will try to regroup and realign themselves and attitudes on an off day Thursday before returning to NL-style of play and starting a series Friday with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Nationals Vs. Angels Score: Nationals Down 1-0 And Looking For Runs

The third and final game of a three game series between the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Angels is entering the sixth-inning and the Angels have the upper hand in a tight 1-0 game. The Nationals are trying to avoid the three-game sweep.

Neither team's starting pitcher is giving up much. The Nationals Jordan Zimmermann and Angels Dan Haren have almost identical lines. Going into the top of the sixth Zimmerman has give up only up one unearned run on two hits, walking one and striking out two while Haren has only given up one hit and struck out three. The Angels scored their one run of the game so far in the fourth when Bobby Abreu scored on a double play ball. Both teams have committed one error, the Nationals error came on a Ryan Zimmerman throw.

The only National to touch Haren so far has been right fielder Brian Bixler. Jerry Hairston Jr. left the game in really bad pain after getting hit on the hand by a pitch.

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Nationals Vs. Angels: Nationals Look To Avoid Sinful Sweep At The Hands Of Angels

It will be up to Washington Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann (5-6, 2.85 ERA) to prevent a sweep of Washington at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night. After absolutely tearing up the competition the past two weeks the Nationals have hit a bit of a cold patch and dropped two consecutive games to the Angels and have yet to claim a victory under new manager Davey Johnson.

Zimmermann looks to break club history Wednesday as he looks for his 11th consecutive quality start which would be a franchise record. The young right hander is 3-0 with a 1.04 ERA in his last five starts. In his last start against the Chicago White Sox Zimmermann went seven innings giving up no runs on six hits in a no-decision. He will be opposed by the Halos' Dan Haren (7-5, 3.05 ERA).

However, the Nationals new skipper is going to attempt something a bit unorthodox Wednesday evening: completely change the line-up. He will be sitting some of the Nationals big guns and impact players to give them rest while they deal with minor injuries. Jayson Werth (knee), Ian Desmond (quad) and Laynce Nix (Achilles’) will get the night off as will catcher Wilson Ramos who played last night and Johnson wants him to rest during the day game of the series.

This pretty much leaves the Nationals bench players as starters: Brian Bixler, Alex Cora, Jerry Hairston Jr. and Matt Stairs will all be starting together. If you need to read that sentence over, I will give you ample time before continuing.

It will be either be work of genius or the work of madman on Johnson's part. Natstown will find out which as the first pitch is delivered at 7:05 P.M. EST.

Nationals Line-Up

1. Roger Bernadina, CF

2. Brian Bixler, RF

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Matt Stairs, DH

5. Michael Morse, 1B

6. Danny Espinosa, 2B

7. Jerry Hairston, LF

8. Ivan Rodriguez, C

9. Alex Cora, SS

-Jordan Zimmermann, SP

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