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Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann welcomed home

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MILWAUKEE (WAOW) – It was a big night Tuesday for a baseball star from our area, as Auburndale native Jordan Zimmermann pitched against the Brewers.

It was just his third start at Miller Park, getting a win in his first two appearances there entering Tuesday night. More than 20 members of his family were on hand to watch him pitch. Zimmermann went six innings, giving up six hits, two runs and struck out nine. He wouldn't get a decision in the game, however, because of some extra inning action.

Before the game, Zimmermann sat down exclusively with Newsline 9's Nick O'Brien.

When playing at a DIII school, not many players expect to get to a stage like Miller Park. But since 2007, Zimmermann is one of five UWSP Pointers who have been drafted and Zimmermann credits the coaching staff.

"It's a great program and Coach Bloom does a great job up there. He knows what he's doing and I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for him. Just everything about it is all top notch and I’m happy to see other guys being drafted out UWSP," Zimmerman told Newsline 9.

“When you got drafted did you have any imagination at all that you would be this successful, this key of an aspect on a playoff team?” Nick O'Brien asked of Zimmermann on Monday.

“No, not really. When I got drafted I just wanted to play some minor league ball and see where it took me. I started pitching pretty well so I knew I had a chance to make it up here. I'm up here and it's a dream come true. Not many people get to do this and I’m very thankful. I hopefully I can do this for a few more years," Zimmermann said.

Zimmermann has pitch incredibly in June, tossing a couple of complete games. But he says he hasn't made many adjustments.

“Earlier in the year, I was leaving the ball up and it was getting hit hard. The last couple starts here I was down in the zone. My slider has been working good and that's a big pitch for me. If I have the slider working I’m pretty successful so I’d say if anything the slider was good and the fastball was down in the zone,” Zimmermann told Newsline 9.

But does having so many family members watching add any pressure to Zimmermann's performance at Miller Park?

"Not any added pressure. I just come down here and play another ball game. It's just another start you know, I don't really look forward to any specific start. It happens to be in the home state so it's nice coming back for sure and seeing everyone. I just hope I have a good start for everyone and we'll see what happens," Zimmermann added.

The Washington Nationals went on to win the game 4-2, after Nationals third basemen Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run home run in the 16th inning.

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