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Stephen Strasburg did not have his best stuff in Saturday’s 3-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves, his curveball did not have the usual break or precision and his changeup kept finding its way into the dirt. But despite not being sharp, the Nats’ ace did all he could to put his team into position to win. And if it weren’t for a two-out throwing error by Ryan Zimmerman in the fourth inning, he may have kept Atlanta off the board altogether.
Strasburg’s pitch count was high early on, but he had the Braves on the ropes in the fourth with two outs and nobody on. He induced a weak grounder by Justin Upton towards Zimmerman who rushed the routine throw and missed Adam LaRoche at first by several feet. It was Zimmerman’s second throwing error in as many games and once again proved a deciding factor in the team’s loss.
The next batter, Evan Gattis, promptly took a high fastball deep into left-center over the visitor’s bullpen for a two-run shot. The Braves never looked back on their way to winning the second of this weekend’s three game series.
“I should have set my feet, that’s why it’s so frustrating,” Zimmerman said. “That’s why it’s so frustrating, I had more time and I should have just set my feet and made a strong throw like I’ve been doing all year on those balls.”