Thursday, August 10, 2017

Ryan Zimmerman Leads Nats With 2 HR In 10-1 Win; Justin Verlander Brilliant in Tigers' 10-0 Victory

Players of the Day for Wednesday, August 9, 2017

American League
Verlander: 8 IP, 1 H, 0 ER

Detroit probably won't be seen in October, but they're still playing in August, racking up a 10-0 win over the visiting Pirates Wednesday night.

Justin Verlander didn't allow a hit until Pittsburgh's Josh Bell blooped a two-out double to left in the sixth inning, finishing with eight innings of one-hit ball, striking out six and walking three. Following Bell's two-bagger, Verlander (8-7) didn't allow another baserunner, setting down the last seven batters he faced in order.

Shane Green finished up the whitewash in the ninth.

Ian Kinsler singled, doubled, homered, drove in four runs and scored four times; Nicholas Castellanos singled twice, tripled and drove in five.

The Tigers and Pirates face off again on Thursday, 1:10 pm ET, at Comerica Park in Detroit.

National League

The Washington juggernaut rolls along.
Zimmerman: 2 HR, 5 RBI

Ryan Zimmerman singled, doubled, smacked a pair of home runs, scored four times, and drove in five runs in five at-bats, leading the Nationals to a 10-1 rip over Miami, their nearest rival in the NL East.

Zimmerman's two home runs gave him 26 on the year, to go along with his .310 batting average and 81 RBI. His home run total is his best since 2013, and the RBI number is his highest since 2012, when he drove in 95, and there are still 50 games left to the regular season.

Zimmerman has never batted higher than .307 for a full season, which he did in 2010.

So, it's safe to say that some of the success of the 2017 Nationals can be credited to Ryan Zimmerman having something of a career year.

As for the Marlins, while they are the team closest to the division-leading Nationals in the NL East, they are a distant 14 games back.

Washington leads the current four game series in the nation's capitol, two games to one, with the finale Thursday, at 7:05 pm ET.

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