"Everything was working," Zimmermann said. "I felt great." "You want to be a stopper," said Zimmermann, who improved his record to 5-1 by throwing eight shutout innings and allowing only two hits while striking out eight in Wednesday's 2-0 win over the Braves. "We had been struggling. Zimmermann made sure that streak ended, striking out eight and allowing only one runner past first base fellow pitcher Paul Maholm , who was nearly as stifling for the Braves. The swing aggravated the bruise Harper suffered during Tuesday's game; he is optimistic that he'll be able to play on Thursday. The right-hander turned in another dazzling performance with two-hit ball over eight innings, Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer in the fourth and the Nationals finally beat the Atlanta Braves , 2-0 on Wednesday night. With apologies to Stephen Strasburg and 20-game winner Gio Gonzalez, the Washington Nationals appear to have a new ace of their pitching staff.
The Nationals started May by getting something they hadn't seen in a while, a home run, and something they've seen quite often, a well-pitched game from Jordan Zimmermann, to beat the Braves, 2-0, on Wednesday night at Turner Field.