CINCINNATI — After taking the day off Sunday, Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman made history on the first pitch he saw Monday against the Reds.
Less than a minute after Bryce Harper gave Washington a 3-0 lead with a three-run home run to right, Zimmerman put a charge into a 86.2-mph sinker from Cincinnati starter Scott Feldman, lifting the ball over the wall in left-center for a solo homer. The Nats added one more run in the frame on Matt Wieters‘ sac fly.
WSH@CIN: Harper lines a three-run homer to right
Bryce Harper belts a three-run home run over the right-field wall in the top of the 1st inning, giving the Nationals a 3-0 lead
This was Zimmerman’s 235th career home run, passing Vladimir Guerrero for most in Nationals/Expos history.
With his 1st-inning HR, Ryan Zimmerman has passed Vladimir Guerrero for most HR in franchise history (235). pic.twitter.com/z9IoiYdsqH
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 17, 2017
Zimmerman was in a slump prior to Monday’s first-inning blast. In his previous 15 games, he went 9-for-51 (.176), and he hadn’t hit a home run since June 13.
Jeremy Vernon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati who covered the Nationals on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.