SAN FRANCISCO - The Nationals played Tuesday's game against the Giants without their best three hitters from their opening day lineup. They went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men in scoring position. If they were going to beat the world champions at home, it was going to have to be with the kind of pitching performance so good that it could stand on its own.
And they got it.
Jordan Zimmermann allowed one run on five hits in seven innings, cruising through the Giants' lineup in just 91 pitches, and after a pair of scoreless innings from Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen, the Nationals got a 2-1 win over the Giants at AT&T Park.
More from the clubhouse in a little bit.