(Sports Network) - Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann aims for his first home win
of the season tonight when the Washington Nationals host the Pittsburgh
Pirates in the second game of a two-game series at Nationals Park.
Zimmerman, a second-round pick of Washington in 2007, has made four starts at
home in 2012 and is 0-2 with a 2.73 earned run average across 26 1/3 innings,
losing to Arizona and Philadelphia while getting no-decisions against
Cincinnati and Houston.
Ironically, the Nationals own the National League's best home record at 14-5.
The Wisconsin native, who'll turn 26 next week, was a 2-1 winner at Cincinnati
in his most recent outing on May 12, allowing a single run on five hits with a
walk and nine strikeouts.
He has never faced the Pirates.
On Wednesday, Adam LaRoche collected his 1,000th career hit with a three-run
double in the seventh and added a solo home run, as Washington took down the
Ian Desmond and Xavier Nady each hit solo home runs and Bryce Harper crushed
his first career triple and scored twice for the Nationals, who bounced back
from a 6-1 loss to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.
Gio Gonzalez (5-1) allowed three runs on four hits and a pair of walks while
striking out 10 over seven full frames. Tyler Clippard allowed a run in the
eighth, but Henry Rodriguez worked around an error in the ninth to pick up his
ninth save of the season.
Josh Harrison hit a two-run home run and added an RBI single for the Pirates,
who have lost two straight since a three-game winning streak.
Erik Bedard (2-5) gave up four runs on six hits and a walk while fanning seven
over six innings to take the loss.
Pittsburgh goes with righty James McDonald, who aims for a third win in his
last four starts after beginning the year with a four-start drought.
The 27-year-old Californian allowed 13 hits and four runs in 14 innings while
defeating Atlanta and Cincinnati on April 30 and May 5, but lost a 1-0
decision to Houston in his most recent outing on May 11.
In that game, he pitched eight innings, allowed four hits and a run and struck
He's 0-1 in four career meetings with Washington with a 4.15 ERA.
The Pirates won two of three when they hosted the Nats from May 8-10.
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