July 14, 2009
Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman earned a spot on his first career All-Star team and got the chance to see quite a bit of playing time. The former Cavalier started the game on the bench, but played for a majority of the contest.
Zimmerman entered the game as a defensive replacement in the fifth inning at third base. He remained there for the remainder of the game, seeing five full innings of action in his first mid-summer classic.
Zimmerman also got to the plate twice, batting in the number nine position in Charlie Manuel's line-up. His first at-bat in the fifth saw the third baseman fly out to center field, and Zimmerman flew out to right field in his final plate appearance in the eighth inning.
The former Cavalier found himself on the losing end of Tuesday night's match up, as the American League topped its National League counterparts, 4-3. The Orioles' Adam Jones hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to force the eventual game-winning run across the plate. The American League continues its dominance, as the NL has not won an All-Star Game since 1996 in Philadelphia.
Zimmerman and the Nationals resume their schedule on Thursday, when they open up a four game series with the Cubs at Nationals Park. Thursday marks Jim Riggleman's first game as interim manager for Washington.