Today in Nationals’ History: Ryan Zimmerman comes up big in 16th inning

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June 24, 2014IF Ryan Zimmerman mercifully hit a two-run shot in the top of the 16th inning and made a diving catch in the bottom of the frame to lift the Nationals over the Brewers, 4-2, in the longest game (by innings) in Nationals history. Zimmerman’s first career extra-inning blast was made possible by a seven-reliever collaboration that lasted 10.0 scoreless innings (10 hits, 5 BB, 6 SO). Washington’s defense turned three double plays, and individually, SS Ian Desmond made two dazzling 6-3 putouts, while OF Denard Span made a game-saving catch at the wall in the 14th. 3B Anthony Rendon’s 12th homer, a solo shot in the eighth, tied the game at 2-2, and ultimately sent the game to extra innings.

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I hate to be a spoil sport. But we need to stop focusing on the glorious past of the Nationals (which include no championships, except the one that Walter Johnson was in). Ryan Zimmerman was a hell of good player and hell of a niceguy, but at present he is hitting .220. He seems to be unable to reach what would be a historically higher average. His history as a ball player is a good one. The question for today is he capable of even coming close to his historical numbers this season?

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