Game #58 Recap: Nats Complete Comeback With Walk-off

In Jayson Werth’s return, Jordan Zimmermann had astrong 8 inning performance allowing two unearned runs, but it took a ninth inning comeback including a walk-off sac-fly from Steve Lombardozzi for the Nats to pull out the victory.

The Nats took a 1-0 lead in the second with Ian Desmond’s homerun to left field, the Nationals first of four hits in the game. Jordan Zimmerman pitched eight innings allowing 4 hits, striking out 4 while walking none. Mets scored two runs in the fifth inning after errors by LaRoche and Zimmermann led to Valedspin and former National Rick Ankiel scoring; securing a 2-1 lead.

After a failed rally in the sixth left two men on base, the Nats offense seemed grim as the Mets’ starting pitcher Hefner and reliever Lyon each threw 1-2-3 innings in the seventh and eighth. Reliever Tyler Clippard came in for the Nats in the ninth inning and shut the Mets down for a 1-2-3 inning of his own, with one strikeout.

Leading off the ninth inning, Ryan Zimmerman doubled to centerfield and then moved to third on a wild pitch to Adam LaRoche. LaRoche then hit an RBI single to right field as Zimmerman scored, tying the ball game. Ian Desmond followed with a double, putting runners on 2nd and 3rd. 

Mets Closing pitcher Bobby Parnell then, inexplicably, intentionally walked Roger Bernadina; loading the bases with no one out. Steve Lombardozzi, filling in at second for injured Danny Espinosa, then hit a sac-fly to left field on the ninth pitch of his at bat; scoring LaRoche who had to beat out the throw home from Mike Baxter.

This game marked the first time in 2013 that the Nats have come back to win a game when trailing after the 6th inning.

Jayson Werth, returning from more than a month out of the line-up after a successful rehab stint with the Potomac Nationals, played well defensively but went 1 for 4 at the plate with a single and a strikeout. After the game, Ian Desmond made a point to stand up for Danny Espinosa, Henry Rodriguez and Zach Duke, all of whom were removed from the roster in some capacity on Tuesday, letting fans know that the absence of those three players was not the reason for the Nats victory.

The Nats are back at it on Wednesday when Dan Haren heads to the mound to face off against Dillon Gee.


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