Jun 24, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Ryan Zimmerman (11) hits a 2-run homer in the 16th inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Watch: Ryan Zimmerman Clubs Homer, Makes Web Gem in 16th Inning


The Washington Nationals needed 16 innings to take care of the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. The only reason they didn’t need longer was because of some clutch play from Ryan Zimmerman.

Zimmerman stepped up to the plate against Mike Fiers in the top of the 16th with Adam LaRoche on first. He then put a charge into one:

 

There was more work to be done, though, as the Brewers still had the bottom-half of the frame to put something together. Rafael Soriano came on in hopes of notching a save, and the Brewers were ready to swing early.

On a 2-2 count to lead off the inning, Martin Maldonado hit a looper into the left-center field gap. Zimmerman, new to left field, was all over it:

 

Soriano went on to work a perfect 16th inning. Without the exploits of Zimmerman, the outcome of this game probably would have been much different.

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