SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres' offensive ineptness was on full display Sunday.
Jordan Zimmermann took a perfect game into the sixth inning and finished with a two-hitter and a career-high 12 strikeouts to lead the Washington Nationals to a 6-0 victory against the San Diego Padres on Sunday.
Zimmermann (5-2) faced only two batters over the minimum as he walked none in his first complete game of the season and sixth of his career. It was his third career shutout. His previous career high was 11 strikeouts, which he'd done twice.
"We just didn't see the ball," manager Bud Black said. "We didn't pick it up off him. He pumped some fastballs on us early and mixed some breaking balls early on and we couldn't solve him."
The Padres were shut out for the 10th time, tops in the majors, and for the second time in the three-game series. Tanner Roark and the Nationals beat the Padres 6-0 Friday night in a combined three-hitter.
Zimmermann retired the first 16 batters before Alex Amarista singled to right field. Zimmermann then struck out pinch-hitter Tommy Medica and Everth Cabrera to end the inning.
"I think he was commanding his fastball pretty well," Yonder Alonso said after going 0 for 3. "He had life on his fastball. He was going up in the zone when he wanted but for the most part was down in the zone. He was going to corner to corner. He commands so well, he gets ahead of guys real quick. When you're living down in the zone, you have to make adjustments as a hitter. It was one of the days where he just painted, man. He was right there and we couldn't get any good swings on him.
"Not only does he live in the corners, he hits 93, 94 (mph)."
The Padres had only 16 baserunners in three games against the Nationals, and just one walk.
In the six-game homestand that included three games against Pittsburgh, the Padres hit just .135 (25 for 185) and scored only 11 runs.