Posted by Cheryl Nichols (Dave will follow-up with more tomorrow).
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The Braves/Nationals game was scheduled for 7:05 p.m., however, Jordan Zimmermann did not throw the first pitch (a strike in case you were wondering) in his MLB debut until 9:15 p.m. J. Zimm pitched six innings and helped the Nats get their second Curly W of the season with a 3-2 victory over the Braves!

The couple of thousand of fans that waited out the rain were not disappointed (Attendance is reported at 12,473, but there is no way that there was anything close). Unfortunately, the last Metro was at 11:45 p.m. so some fans left the game a little early to catch the train. It was also a school night so families were not around by the time that Hanrahan got his first save of the season.

It was a night of "J's."

Jordan Zimmermann made his MLB debut tonight and earned his first curly W.
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Jeff Francoeur was Zimmermann's first MLB strikeout.

Joel Hanranhan got his first save of the 2009 season.

Justin Maxwell got his first MLB stolen base.

Jesus Flores drove in two runs, including the game-winner in the sixth.

You cannot help but feel much better about our pitching staff after looking over the box score. Let's keep it up guys!

Washington IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Zimmermann, J (W, 1-0) 6.0 6 2 2 1 3 1 3.00
Wells (H, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.00
Beimel (H, 4) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.23
Mock (H, 1) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Hanrahan (S, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 7.50

Other DC Sports News: The Washington Capitals NHL team played game three at the New York Rangers and the final score was shown on the big screen and cheers rang out. "Let's Go Caps!"