Ryan Zimmerman is plenty used to being in the middle of things during the final key moments of a ballgame. This is, after all, a guy with nine career walk-off homers on his ledger.
So the fact Zimmerman delivered what proved to be the game-winning hit yesterday for a Nationals club that eked out a 2-1 victory over the Cubs wasn't all that surprising.
The fact he was back at third base for the ninth inning and was entrusted by manager Matt Williams to make two on-target throws across the diamond — while Anthony Rendon remained at second base and Danny Espinosa remained on the bench — was a surprise.
"Like I said before, Anthony at third and Danny at second is our best defensive alignment," Zimmerman said. "I have no problem saying that, and O think there are going to be times when [Williams] does that and that gives us the best chance to win late in the game with a couple-run lead."