Zim­mer­man Not Wor­ried About Slump

The Washington Post Sunday - - Wizards Insider - By Barry Svr­luga

NEW YORK, April 14 — Ryan Zim­mer­man has known few strug­gles in his brief ma­jor league ca­reer. His cur­rent slump, though, is among his worst, one em­pha­sized be­cause it is the be­gin­ning of the year, when one bad swoon can leave bat­ting av­er­ages be­low sea level.

Zim­mer­man went 0 for 5 in Satur­day’s 6-2 vic­tory over the New York Mets. Wash­ing­ton’s sec­ond-year third base­man is 1 for his last 21 and is hit­ting .180 with two RBI.

“It’s just one of those things where I’m barely miss­ing pitches,” Zim­mer­man said. “It would be a lot dif­fer­ent if I were swing­ing at balls in the dirt and strik­ing out a lot. I don’t feel bad. It’s just a lit­tle off some­where.”

In 2006, when he hit .287 and drove in 110 runs, he went through one 1-for-25 stint in June and an­other 1-for-18 stretch in Au­gust.

“I went through it last year,” Zim­mer­man said, “and ev­ery­thing turned out all right.”

Her­nan­dez Says ‘Sorry’

New York’s Or­lando Her­nan­dez gave up home runs to Dmitri Young, Ryan Church and Chris Snelling, part of a six-run out­ing. Af­ter Snelling’s two-run shot in the sixth, Her­nan­dez hit Na­tion­als pitcher Shawn Hill with his next pitch and was ejected by home plate um­pire Mike Win­ters.

“I don’t know why he thought I threw in­ten­tion­ally,” Her­nan­dez said. “I didn’t have a rea­son. I said ‘sorry’ three times, and now I say ‘sorry’ again.”

The Na­tion­als didn’t think Her­nan­dez meant to hit Hill. “He’s not that kind of guy,” Hill said.

Cordero Strug­gles in the Ninth

Per­haps closer Chad Cordero needs things to be in­ter­est­ing in or­der to pitch ef­fec­tively.

“I hope not,” Man­ager Manny Acta said. But when Cordero was handed a four-run lead in the ninth Satur­day, he al­lowed a one-out dou­ble to Jose Valentin, walked Damion Easley and then fell be­hind Jose Reyes, 3-0.

“I had no idea where the ball was go­ing,” Cordero said.

But he struck out Reyes look­ing, then got Endy Chavez to line out to cen­ter to end the game.

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