Resurgent Zimmerman leads Nats' potent lineup

Resurgent Zimmerman leads Nats' potent lineup
July 21, 2014, 6:00 am
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The Nationals pulled out Sunday's 5-4 win over the Brewers because of the bottom-of-the-ninth heroics by Jayson Werth, whose 2-out double scored Anthony Rendon all the way from first base and gave his teammates reason to mob him in the center of the diamond.

Werth's clutch hit, though, was made possible only by Rafael Soriano's blown save in the top of the ninth. Had Soriano been able to wrap the game up, we might well be talking about a different, red-hot member of the Nationals' lineup who has found his stroke in recent weeks: Ryan Zimmerman.

Zimmerman's 2-run homer in the fourth had brought the Nationals back from an early deficit and set them on a course to win the game. And it was an impressive shot, belted to deep right-center and over the out-of-town scoreboard, an opposite-field homer from a guy who hadn't done that very often since returning from a broken thumb last month.

Slowly but surely, though, Zimmerman's power stroke is returning, especially to the opposite field. Over his last 15 games, the veteran third baseman is hitting .418 with two homers, eight doubles, 16 RBI and an 1.113 OPS.

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