"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.