Zimmermann solid against Braves

Zimmermann solid against Braves

VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann had another solid outing in a 9-3 victory over the Braves in a seven-inning, rain-shortened game at Space Coast Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Zimmermann lasted six innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits, while striking out four and walking three. The game was so windy that the right-hander wasn't able to throw his curveball and slider. At game time, the wind was blowing at 20 miles per hour -- and Zimmermann felt like he was on a ship in rough waters.

"I felt good. The fastball was good, the changeup was good today," Zimmermann said. "Obviously, throwing the curveball and slider in this wind is not good -- not the ideal conditions for that. So I stuck with the fastball and changeup, mostly.

"I left the fastball down in the zone. I got a lot of ground balls. The Braves didn't hit many hard hit balls, which is definitely good."

Zimmermann's last game of the spring will be Friday against the Yankees at Nationals Park. He is ready for the season to start.

"The fastball is where I wanted it, and the changeup has come a long way," said Zimmermann. "I feel I can throw it at any time. If I need to work on anything, it would be the changeup a little bit more."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.