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.
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.