Jordan Zimmermann was one of the reasons the Nationals felt they weren't going to miss Stephen Strasburg that much. Everyone loved to fete Strasburg, but Zimmermann was the one who finished in the top 10 on the National League ERA leader board. And as a Game 2 starter, he was pretty well-suited.
The ball barely stayed fair, and it went about as far as you'd gather from that swing. The solo homer pushed the Cardinals lead to 5-1.
In 32 starts for Zimmermann during the regular season, he allowed more than four runs just once. The bad news for Zimmermann? That outing was against the Cardinals, who knocked him around on Sept. 1, pounding out eight runs on eight hits, a walk, and two home runs.