WATCH: Ryan Zimmerman hits home run in first career World Series at bat

Posted at 8:56 PM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-22 20:57:18-04

HOUSTON, Texas – He waited 15 years for the opportunity – and he didn’t miss it. Not only did Ryan Zimmerman not miss it – he hit it high, hard and far.

Zimmerman, the Virginia Beach product from Kellam High School, homered in his first career World Series at bat Tuesday. His two-out, solo home run off Houston Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole traveled 413 feet to center field.

The Nationals’ first draft pick has played 15 seasons in the majors. This is his first World Series appearance.

The solo blast pulled the Washington Nationals to within one run, trailing the Astros 2-1 in the second inning after Houston scored a pair of runs off Max Scherzer in the bottom of the first inning. The Nats defeated Houston in come-from-behind fashion 5-4 to take a 1-0 lead in the best of seven series. Game 2 is Wednesday night in Houston.