Nationals Vault: Ejection, walk-off, review, W

June 13th, 2021

MLB.com is digging back into its massive video vault to uncover classic plays that you have loved, forgotten about or, perhaps, are discovering for the very first time. Watch these moments and many, many more on the MLB Vault YouTube page.

May 9, 2016: Robinson's pinch-hit walk-off HR
Moments after Bryce Harper was ejected for arguing a called third strike from the dugout, Clint Robinson pinch-hit against Tigers pitcher Mark Lowe with the scored locked up, 4-4, and one out in the bottom of the ninth. Robinson sent a walk-off home run soaring out of Nats Park as the stadium erupted. Following an official review, the call stood and Robinson received a Gatorade bath from Michael A. Taylor during a postgame interview.

Sept. 7, 2019: Barrett makes long-awaited comeback
Aaron Barrett's emotional return to a Major League mound was more than four years in the making. The right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery in 2015, his second season with the Nationals. He suffered a devastating setback the following year when he broke his right humerus bone during his rehab. Determined, Barrett worked his way through the Minors until he was called up toward the end of the '19 season. In his comeback appearance he threw a scoreless fifth inning against the Braves. “After the outing was over, I'm just walking off and all the emotions just hit me,” Barrett, who teared up in the dugout, said at the time. “Just, ‘You did it, man. You did it.’”

Sept. 8, 2017: Taylor's inside-the-park slam
With the bases loaded against the Phillies, Michael A. Taylor sent a line drive into center field. Odúbel Herrera misjudged the hit, which had an 87% catch probability, and it flew over his glove. Daniel Murphy, Ryan Zimmerman and Matt Wieters all scored, and Taylor charged home behind them. He slid, evading the throw for the first inside-the-park grand slam in Nationals team history (second in franchise history, joining Bombo Rivero's June 26, 1976, slam as a member of the Expos.)

"Soon as it went over his head, I was thinking four right there," Taylor said at the time.

Sept. 29, 2012: Morse's phantom grand slam
It's a single. It's an out. It's a ... grand slam? Michael Morse's deep drive to right field with the bases loaded at Busch Stadium initially was ruled an RBI single, and he was tagged going back to first base for the second out of the inning. But upon review, Morse's hit was deemed to have cleared the wall for a grand slam. To make it official, Morse returned to the batter's box where he took a bat-less swing at a non-existent pitch.

"There it goes! Right field! It is deep! See you later!" Nationals play-by-play announcer Bob Carpenter called on the broadcast.

Aug. 22, 2018: Zimmerman's walk-off
The Gatorade bath was put on pause. Ryan Zimmerman belted what looked to be a walk-off two-run homer against the Phillies at Nationals Park, but it wasn't made official until after a replay review. The stadium waited in anticipation as the call was discussed, and fans eventually erupted as the umpires gave the sign that the ball had in fact left the yard.

"There's a space behind that wall; I've hit a lot of balls to that terrible triangle up there," Zimmerman said after recording his 11th career walk-off home run. "Once I saw it, I was pretty sure they were going to overturn it."