Mr. Walk Off, Nats, Do it Again in Opener vs. Astros
There’s a reason why he’s called Mr. Walk-Off. Ryan Zimmerman, seemingly prone to late-inning theatrics, scored the winning run in Friday night’s 5-4 victory over the Houston Astros. Zimmerman and Michael Morse started off the bottomof the 11th inning by drawing walks. When Jayson Werth’s hard-hit ground ball couldn’t be handled by the Astros infield, Zimmerman came around to score setting off a dug-out clearing celebration in the infield, with Zimmerman in the middle of the action. It’s a scene that’s become all too familiar, especially this year, with the Nats’ 12 walk-off wins pacing all of Major League Baseball.
Zimmerman has had eight walk-off home runs in addition to numerous other walk-off hits. Just last week, he had a game-ending broken bat bloop single to drive in the winning run against the New York Mets. His eight game-ending home runs are more than any other Major Leaguer since Zimmerman made his debut at the end of the 2005 season.
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