Jason Bay returned to New York's lineup Tuesday after being sidelined since June 15 with a concussion. In his first game back, Bay went 0-for-3 and grounded into a double play. In the ninth inning, with New York trailing 2-0, Bay was replaced by Jordany Valdespin, who with two on and one out, hit a go-ahead three-run homer. Bay has played in just 23 games in 2012, hitting a subpar .179 (14-for-78) over that time. The outfielder has two doubles and four home runs, and has knocked in six RBIs. He has also struck out 23 times, while collecting only seven walks. "I'm just trying to jump in," Bay said. "Obviously things haven't gone right. I've struggled a little bit. I'm not trying to carry the team. I'm not trying to do that. I'm just trying to pitch in." Nationals: Zimmermann quietly having solid season
Zimmermann's 6-6 record this season might not impress folks, but his 2.48 ERA is the lowest on Washington's staff -- yes, lower than the 2.66 mark of Stephen Strasburg and the 2.93 figure that Gio Gonzalez has put together. The righty has also pitched 116 1/3 innings, more than any other Nationals hurler. He has lasted at least six innings in each of his 18 starts this year, and is 3-0 in his last four outings. Zimmermann has kept opponents off the scoreboard for 11 straight innings. "Unfortunately we never score any runs for him and he doesn't get that many wins, but he's Mr. Consistency," Ryan Zimmerman said. "You know what you're going to get out of him." Worth noting
Zimmerman is batting .354 (28-for-79) with eight doubles, seven home runs, 21 RBIs and 18 runs in over his last 19 games, dating back to June 24. New York's Ike Davis is hitting .290 (29-for-100) with eight home runs and 29 RBIs over his last 29 games, dating back to June 9.