Washington Nationals vs. Milwaukee Brewers

WAS
4
MIL
2
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 R H E
WAS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 11 1
MIL 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 10 0

Home Runs: WAS - Ryan Zimmerman (3) , Anthony Rendon (12)


Game Information
Location: Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Attendance: 30,149

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Washington Nationals were about out of pitchers, and first baseman Adam LaRoche was told he would take the mound next in an emergency situation.

Ryan Zimmerman made sure LaRoche didn't have to pitch by hitting a two-run home run in the 16th inning to lift the Nationals to a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.

Washington manager Matt Williams told LaRoche to get ready to pitch the bottom of the 16th had the game remained tied.

"I'd rather not see that and go home any day of the week, but I'm sure Rochey is mad at me for hitting the home run," Zimmerman said. "I guess I'll have to see it maybe another time."

Zimmerman hit a 2-0 pitch off Mike Fiers (0-1) over the wall in left field for the Nationals fourth consecutive win.

"I've had a rough past two weeks or so, but I kept grinding it out," said Zimmerman, who was in an 8-for-53 slump coming into the game. "I got myself into a good count and put a good swing on the pitch."

LaRoche last pitched in a minor-league game in 2003 and would have had a tough time matching the team's bullpen, which threw 10 scoreless innings against the Brewers. Tyler Clippard (5-2) pitched the 15th for the win.

Rafael Soriano capped the bullpen's excellent work by pitching the 16th for his 18th save.

"It's not the ideal situation, we've been pretty taxed down there," Clippard said. "But you know what? We wanted this win and we stepped up tonight."

With one out in the 16th, LaRoche hit a sharp single that bounced off the wall in right field on one hop. Zimmerman then hit his third home run of the year to give the Nationals the lead in a game that took 5 hours, 22 minutes.

"We'd been scratching and clawing and trying to get a run across," Williams said. "We had some opportunities but that is a big swing for us right there."

The Brewers threatened in the 13th, 14th and 15th innings.

"We had some chances today and we just had some bad at-bats," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said.

Lyle Overbay was stranded on third base in the 13th when Carlos Gomez hit a soft liner to shortstop to end the inning.

In the 14th, Denard Span kept the Nationals alive with a leaping catch at the wall to rob Elian Herrera of an extra-base hit that likely would have scored Khris Davis from first and won the game for Milwaukee.

Gomez popped out to end the 15th with Scooter Gennett on second.

Williams intentionally walked Jonathan Lucroy in both the 13th and 15th innings to face Gomez, and the move worked both times to end threats.

"He's one of the best hitters in the league," Williams said of Lucroy. "It's an opportunity to potentially get around him. We had to pick our poison there."

Washington had a chance to score in the 14th, putting runners on first and second with one out. Fiers got Danny Espinosa, who is 5 for 57 with runners in scoring position, to fly out and Jose Lobaton grounded out to end the inning.

The Nationals were down to their final five outs when Anthony Rendon hit his 12th homer of the year, a solo shot, to right-center off Will Smith with one out in the eighth to tie the score at 2.

That's when the bullpens took over. Neither team could get a runner in scoring position after Rendon's homer until the Brewers fruitless rally in the 13th.

The Brewers, who came into the series second in the NL in runs, lost 3-0 on Monday night.

Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo allowed one run, four hits and two walks with five strikeouts, leaving after throwing 104 pitches in six innings. In his last four starts, he is 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA.

Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann pitched six innings, allowing two runs, six hits and two walks while striking out nine. In his last three starts, he is 0-2 with a no-decision despite having a 2.14 ERA in those games.

NOTES: Nats OF Bryce Harper (left thumb) went 2 for 3 with a home run and four RBIs in his second rehab start for Potomac against Salem. He fielded one ground ball single while playing center field. C Wilson Ramos (wrist) also played in the game and went 2 for 5 with two RBIs. ... A foul tip from Gomez became lodged in the grill of Lobaton's mask in the second inning. Home plate umpire Andy Fletcher had to pull it from the mask. Gomez struck out on the next pitch.

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Pitcher Matchup
Tyler Clippard
Innings Pitched:1 (Win)
H 1, R 0, 2.06 ERA
Mike Fiers
(Loss) Innings Pitched:4
H 4, R 2, 2.57 ERA

Rafael Soriano
Innings Pitched:1  (Save)
H 0, R 0, 1.13 ERA
 

Milwaukee batters
Player POS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Scooter Gennett 2B 6 0 1 0 0 1 3 .306
Ryan Braun RF 6 0 2 2 1 1 1 .279
Jonathan Lucroy C 4 0 1 0 3 1 1 .330
Carlos Gomez CF 6 0 0 0 1 2 5 .306
Aramis Ramirez 3B 5 0 1 0 0 1 3 .290
Martin Maldonado C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .264
Mike Fiers P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Tom Gorzelanny P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Khris Davis LF 7 0 1 0 0 4 3 .253
Elian Herrera SS 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .232
Zach Duke P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Mark Reynolds 1B 3 1 1 0 1 2 0 .213
Jean Segura SS 6 1 1 0 0 2 4 .245
Rickie Weeks 2B 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .265
Rob Wooten P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Yovani Gallardo P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .115
Will Smith P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Francisco Rodriguez P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Lyle Overbay 1B 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .238

Washington batters
Player POS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Denard Span CF 6 1 1 0 1 1 0 .268
Anthony Rendon 3B 7 1 3 1 0 1 1 .276
Jayson Werth RF 7 0 0 1 0 2 2 .271
Adam LaRoche 1B 6 1 2 0 1 2 1 .311
Ryan Zimmerman 3B 7 1 3 2 0 2 2 .250
Ian Desmond SS 7 0 2 0 0 2 2 .236
Danny Espinosa 2B 7 0 0 0 0 3 3 .224
Jose Lobaton C 6 0 0 0 0 1 2 .214
Nate McLouth LF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .177
Jordan Zimmermann P 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .231
Jerry Blevins P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Aaron Barrett P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Craig Stammen P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
Scott Hairston LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
Ross Detwiler P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Drew Storen P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Greg Dobbs 1B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .171
Tyler Clippard P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Rafael Soriano P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -

Milwaukee pitchers
Player IP H R ER BB SO PC-ST ERA
Yovani Gallardo 6 4 1 1 2 5 104-64 3.23
Mike Fiers 4 4 2 2 0 4 59-41 2.57
Zach Duke 2 1 0 0 0 2 28-17 1.44
Tom Gorzelanny 1 0 0 0 0 1 14-9 0.00
Francisco Rodriguez 1 0 0 0 0 2 13-8 2.29
Will Smith 1 2 1 1 0 0 21-12 1.46
Rob Wooten 1 0 0 0 0 2 15-9 4.38

Washington pitchers
Player IP H R ER BB SO PC-ST ERA
Jordan Zimmermann 6 6 2 2 2 9 96-63 2.95
Ross Detwiler 4 2 0 0 1 2 46-32 4.36
Aaron Barrett 1 0 0 0 1 1 13-6 1.69
Jerry Blevins 1 0 0 0 2 0 21-10 4.50
Tyler Clippard 1 1 0 0 1 0 12-7 2.06
Rafael Soriano 1 0 0 0 0 1 16-11 1.13
Craig Stammen 1 0 0 0 0 2 15-10 2.52
Drew Storen 1 1 0 0 0 0 12-9 1.07