Zimmerman Walks Off Nats Against Yankees, 9 Years After First Walk-Off HR, Against Yankees

by Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON — Ryan Zimmerman, of all people, hit a 10th-inning home run to walk off the Nationals 8-6 Tuesday night against the Yankees, nine years after hitting his first-career walk-off homer against the Yankees.

The Nationals and visiting Yankees were tied 6-6 heading into extras. A scoreless ninth inning brought in Andrew Miller for New York to start the bottom of the tenth.

Pitching to Yunel Escobar on a 0-2 count after striking out Ian Desmond for the first out, Miller threw four straight balls to put the winning run on first base.

Bryce Harper, who hit his 15th homer of the season in the bottom of the first, then struck out swinging to bring Zimmerman to the plate with two outs.

He would watch the first four pitches go by — one called strike and three balls, two in the dirt — to work Miller to a 3-1 count.

Then, Mr. Walk Off got his pitch, drilling a four-seam fastball opposite field off the right field foul pole, which dinged into the home bullpen, for his tenth career walk-off home run.

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Ryan Zimmerman celebrates hitting first-career walk-off homer against New York Yankees at RFK Stadium on June 18, 2006. (via Nationals/Instagram)

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