SAN DIEGO - Jordan Zimmermann’s final line today: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K, 1 HBP.
His game score - the metric invented by Bill James to compare starts by different pitchers over different eras - was an 80. To put that in perspective, Stephen Strasburg had a 75 in his debut last year.
And Zimmermann will get a no-decision.
The Nationals haven’t necessarily squandered what might be their best pitching performance of the season. But they’ve made it so Zimmermann won’t get a win for his efforts today. They’re still tied with the Padres through eight innings, having stranded six runs in the last four innings and left a runner on third in three of those innings. In the inning they didn’t strand a runner at third, Laynce Nix got thrown out at home after Wilson Ramos - who got Danny Espinosa thrown out at home in the first inning on the first of his two double plays today - grounded to second.
They’re now 12-for-90 with runners in scoring position on this road trip. Twice, they’ve gotten at least six shutout innings from their starter. And they’ll need a run at some point just to guarantee they go 6-5, when they’ve pitched in a way that could have yielded a 7-4 or 8-3 trip.
We’ll see how things wrap up here today. But at a minimum, the Nationals have taken a win away from Zimmermann.