Zimmerman delivers as Nats outlast Marlins
Many times over the last four years,
For the fifth time in his career, Zimmerman ended a game with a home run. There was the familiar scene, his right arm aloft as he circled the bases, waiting to be mobbed at the plate, this time after a two-run shot gave the
“Zim doing what Zim does,” teammate
Zimmerman’s homer snapped an eight-game skid for the
“This time of year, all of them are tough,” Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez said, “especially when you have leads in the eighth and ninth inning.”
Zimmerman’s homer capped a furious finish to a game that, for the longest time, was looking like a sleepy 2-0 shutout in favor of the
“That’s the inning I’m more upset about,” Gonzalez said. “You’ve got two outs and we walk a couple of guys and they get a couple of hits.”
In the top of the ninth, the
Nunez threw only five pitches.
Then, with a 1-1 count to Zimmerman, Nunez went to the change-up.
“He’s got a good change-up. He throws it a lot,” Zimmerman said. “It’s hard to trust yourself and look change-up when a guy throws 94, 95 (mph), but they’d been throwing soft stuff to me all day, so I was kind of looking for it. And he left it up.”
The ball landed in the red seats beyond left-center field.
Ramirez’s 20th homer of the season leading off the fourth inning landed some 20 rows back in the left-field bleachers. It was the only run of the game until the seventh.
Ramirez’s 100th homer came in his 595th game, making him the fourth fastest player who primarily plays shortstop to reach the century mark, behind