MIAMI - Ryan Zimmerman played in 18 game last September. He hit safely in 15 of them, batting .361 and compiling an .848 OPS.
But considering how much Zimmerman was hitting, his OPS was actually on the low side. It's because for all of his success at the plate, the third baseman didn't homer all month. In fact, his last homer was last Aug. 30, when he hit a three-run shot off Alex Sanabia.
And in his first game back at Sun Life Stadium this season, Zimmerman found his power stroke again.
He eviscerated a 1-0 high fastball from Anibal Sanchez in the third inning, blasting a shot off the folded plastic seats in left field, to give the Nationals a 2-1 lead over the Marlins. That's where they stand in the bottom of the fourth.
Zimmerman sprinted to second, initially thinking his shot was a double off the wall, until second base umpire Jeff Nelson signaled home run. He now has 14 career homers against the Marlins.
The shot put the Nationals ahead after Logan Morrison hit an opposite-field shot on Jason Marquis in the second inning. There are plenty of homers to be had in left field here, and both of them have gone to about the same spot tonight.