WASHINGTON — Last night, the Cincinnati Reds saw something the franchise hasn’t experienced in more than 113 years.
If they are lucky, it won’t happen again for another 113 years.
Washington’s Jordan Zimmermann was terrific in his second complete game of the season, and the Nationals limited the Reds to one hit for the second straight game in a 1-0 victory.
It was the first time the Reds managed just one hit in consecutive games since July 5-6, 1900, against Brooklyn, according to research by the Elias Sports Bureau that the team provided. The Houston Astros from Sept. 14-15, 2008, were the last team to experience the same futility.
“We’ve just got to keep swinging,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “We didn’t do a bunch of striking out. We put the ball in play. (Zimmermann) was good tonight, but we didn’t find any holes.”< /p>
Zimmermann (4-1) struck out four and walked one while improving to 3-0 with a 1.36 ERA in five career games against Cincinnati. The right-hander needed only 91 pitches to record his third career complete game.
Homer Bailey (1-2) took the loss, allowing one run and six hits in seven solid innings for the Reds. He struck out six and walked none.
“Days like this, all you can really do is tip your hat to Jordan Zimmermann,” Bailey said. “He threw a great game and we just happened to catch him on one of his really good nights.”
Cincinnati, which began yesterday tied for third in the National League in hitting (.252) and second in runs scored (110), has lost three of four, scoring only four runs.
“Things go in streaks and sometimes there’s no explaining why,” Baker said. “We went through this last year. There was a streak when you couldn’t buy a run and another streak when you get all the runs you need or want, or even more than you want. Right now we’re in that can’t-buy-a-run phase.”
Xavier Paul led off the third with a single to center for the only hit off Zimmermann.