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.

Be sure to keep checking in with the Curly W Live blog for more updates on the Nationals’ third baseman, game previews and more.

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