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Bill Ladson

Zimmermann escapes early jam in sharp season debut

Nationals righty whiffs Mets' Granderson with based loaded to end second

Zimmermann escapes early jam in sharp season debut

WASHINGTON -- Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann won his season debut with a solid outing, posting a 2-1 victory over the Mets at Nationals Park on Wednesday night.

Zimmermann pitched six innings, allowed one run on five hits and struck out four. His toughest inning was the second, when he allowed an RBI single to Travis d'Arnaud. Three batters later, New York had the bases loaded with Curtis Granderson at the plate and two outs. Granderson worked the count to 3-2 and then got a called third strike to end the threat.

"I knew he was sitting fastball on a 3-2 count," Zimmermann said. "I figured if I get a slider close, he would probably punch out and that's what I went with."

Zimmermann threw 40 pitches after two innings and figured he had to get some quick outs, which he did. He finished his outing with 91 pitches.

"I started throwing more strikes and went after the guys instead of nibbling," Zimmermann said.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.