Zimmerman Not Worried About Slump
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.