The Nationals benefitted from a scary moment for the Marlins on Sunday afternoon as Ryan Zimmerman notched the first inside-the-park home run of his career after outfielders Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna collided at the warning track in right field chasing down a long flyball.
Stanton and Ozuna laid on the ground for several moments as Marlins manager Don Mattingly and a trainer ran out to check on them. They ended up standing on their own and remaining in the game.
For Zimmerman, it was his fourth homer of the season. It was just the third inside-the-park homer in Nats history. The other two were hit by Austin Kearns in 2007 and Willie Harris in 2010.
Zimmerman's inside-the-park home run was just the second for anyone in baseball this season. Jean Segura of the Arizona Diamondbacks had one on April 7 against the Chicago Cubs.
Zimmerman's was a solo homer against starter Jose Fernandez and it cut the Marlins' lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Stanton and Ozuna collided as their legs clipped on a full sprint. The two went flying and Stanton hit the scoreboard as he fell.
Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.
Dancing is not.
On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor.
With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch."
Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.
While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."
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It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.
While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle.
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It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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