Washington Nationals Reaction: Offense, Bullpen Help Out Max Scherzer In 6-4 Win
Ryan Zimmerman‘s Baserunning Continues To Be Key
Most people were surprised to find out on Sunday that Ryan Zimmerman was going to get the day off at first base after the team hadn’t played since Thursday. However, Zimmerman showed no signs of slowing down last night. He went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and a RBI in the win.
In last night’s game, Zimmerman was one of four Nats player who saw more than 20 pitches. The other three were Michael Taylor and Anthony Rendon (21) and Jayson Werth (25). His good night started in the first inning when he drove in the game’s first run on a sac fly to center.
After singling to right in his second at-bat, Zimmerman began the fifth with a double to left. Then, he took third base on a good heads up play when Jayson Werth popped out to Freddie Freeman in foul territory. He would later come around to score on the Wilson Ramos RBI single that broke the 4-4 tie.
It was similar to what we saw against the Braves back on April 6 when Zimmerman scored all the way from second thanks to a bad throw by Erick Aybar on a Ramos groundout that ended up tying that game at one.
After having the foot injury last season, the Nationals took it easy with Zimmerman in spring training. While it is only five games, that idea is paying early dividends. In four games, he is 6-for-15 (.400) with two doubles and the RBI from tonight. So far, he has taken advantage of those opportunities hitting behind Harper.
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