New York Yankees Are Walked Off By Washington Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman


Ryan Zimmerman Hits Walk-Off Two Run Homer To Push Washington Nationals Past New York Yankees

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It was an up and down evening for the New York Yankees that ultimately ended on a low. They went down early, but were able to battle back and take control of the game. They didn’t have control long though, as the Nationals wouldn’t stay down for long, ultimately pulling the win out in walk-off fashion via the home run in extra innings.

Tonight the long ball was the deciding factor in the game. Yankees’ starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi was demonized by it all evening. He gave up two home runs, both of the solo variety, in the first inning as Ian Desmond and Bryce Harper both went deep. For Harper, it was his NL-leading 15th of the season, putting him three ahead of the next closest players Todd Frazier and Giancarlo Stanton.

Eovaldi would then settle in the next three innings, as the Yankees offense picked up. The Yankees were able to take the lead in the fourth inning with a four-spot of their own. Chris Young and Chase Headley each picked up an RBI on their single and double respectively, as Stephen Drew had the biggest blow with a two RBI-single.

They would lengthen the lead even more in the top of the fifth inning, as Mark Teixeira delivered his 12th Tex Message of the season, this one of the two-run variety, into the leftfield seats off of Nationals’ starter Gio Gonzalez.

The lead would be short lived though, as Eovaldi again imploded in the bottom of the fifth. Five of the first six Nationals got on base in the bottom of the fifth inning, as they scored three runs. His night was mercifully ended after a third straight single and fourth straight hit overall one out into the bottom of the fifth. He was not charged any more runs, as Justin Wilson came in and induced a double play out of Harper to finish the ending.

Both Eovaldi and Gonzalez had tough goes at it tonight, as neither was very effective. Eovaldi finished the game with a final line of 4 ⅓ innings pitched, seven hits, two walks and five runs allowed to go with five strikeouts. Gonzalez wasn’t much better, making it through only five innings, allowing six hits, two walks and six runs to go along with one strikeout.

The Yankees were actually able to leave the fifth inning with the lead still, but it was quickly surrendered by David Carpenter, who allowed a home run to Wilson Ramos to tie the game up at six.

The bullpens then settled down, as both teams went scoreless in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, forcing extras. Extra innings didn’t last long though, as the Nationals would strike in their first at-bat.

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Andrew Miller showed that he is human, as he allowed his first run of the season in the bottom of the 10th inning. After striking out two of the first three batters he faced, Ryan Zimmerman came to the plate. Zimmerman, who has had great success against Miller in his career, going 4-11 with three extra base hits, including one home run, added another one to the ledger as he walked off the Yankees with a two-run homer.

The Yankees will look to bounce back and split the two-game series with the Nationals Wednesday, as Andrew Warren will take the mound and be opposed by one of the Nationals top prospects A.J. Cole, who will be making his second start of his career.

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