The Nationals and Angels have played six innings in Anaheim, and once again, they’re getting a tremendous start from Jordan Zimmermann, who’s allowed just one run and three hits. But as they’ve done in many of Zimmermann’s best outings this year, they’re struggling to hit. And to make things worse, they’ve suffered another injury.
Jerry Hairston Jr. came out of the game in the fifth inning after getting hit by a pitch, and the Nationals had to shuffle a number of pieces around to compensate for losing him. Michael Morse moved from first base to left field, Ian Desmond (who got the day off to rest a sore quadriceps muscle) came in at shortstop and Alex Cora moved to first. It’s a sign of how banged up Jayson Werth is that the Nationals didn’t move Brian Bixler to left and have Werth enter the game in right. And the Nationals’ already-thin outfield is getting even more pressed for depth. Hairston had a right hand contusion, and is day-to-day.
They’ve got just one hit off Dan Haren, who’s thrown 113 pitches in seven innings. If the Nationals come back to avoid a sweep, it’d have to be against the Angels’ bullpen.