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NATS’ Walk-off Home Run Highlights IIE Ballgame Outing

Twenty Nine members and friends of our chapter were treated to a dramatic three-run walk-off home run “blast” over the center field wall by the Washington Nationals’ young slugger, Ryan Zimmerman, to win the NATS’ 7-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night, July 31 at the IIE Mundel Scholarship Fundraiser ballgame at Nationals Park. It was the last-place Nationals third win in a row.

Phils’ Fans Fill Ball Park
Among the capacity crowd of over 38,000, were untold numbers of disappointed Phillies fans who traveled from Philadelphia helping to fill NATS Park. The net proceeds raised for the Mundel Scholarship was $203 bringing this year’s total to $419 raised from the two NATS games. Those who arrived early enough got a free Nyger Morgan “Bobblehead.”

Batters’ Barrage
Both teams played errorless baseball with some brilliant outfield plays including a leaping catch against the wall by NATS’ centerfielder, Nyger Morgan that saved a run. Three NATS’ batters (Zimmerman, Bernadina and Rodriguez) were two-for-four, in the NATS’ twelve-hit barrage vs. eleven hits by the Phils, whose catcher, Carlos Ruiz, was 3-for-5, including a home run. The NATS got off to a good start in perfect baseball weather, scoring three runs in the first inning when five of their first seven batters hit singles.

Zimm Zooms it – Lidge Loses
NATS’ starting pitcher, Ross Detwiler, held the Phillies to one run through the first five innings, but reliever, Johnny Peralta, surrendered a home run to Carlos Ruiz in the sixth to cut the NATS’ lead to 3-2. Following four scoreless innings, the NATS got on the scoreboard again with one run in the bottom of the sixth inning as Roger Bernadina led-off with a double, followed by Ivan Rodriguez’s single and Ian Desmond’s sacrifice fly. The Phils tied the score at 4-all with a two-run homer by Raul Ibanez against the NATS’ Tyler Clippard in the seventh inning and took a 5-4 lead in the top of the ninth preceding Zimmerman’s game-winner against Phil’s closer Brad Lidge with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Drew Storen was credited with the win.

(Submitted by Joseph Scheibeler, Chapter Secretary)

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