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Bill Ladson

Zimmerman happy for former teammate Morse

Slugger launched huge homer to help get Giants to World Series

Zimmerman happy for former teammate Morse

WASHINGTON -- Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman said Michael Morse was one of the best teammates he ever had. One can imagine Zimmerman's reaction after Morse helped San Francisco advance into the World Series last week.

It was Morse's pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning that tied up Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the Cardinals. San Francisco would win the pennant an inning later on a three-run homer by Travis Ishikawa.

  Date     Recaps Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 21     SF 7, KC 1 video
Gm 2 Oct. 22     KC 7, SF 2 video
Gm 3 Oct. 24     KC 3, SF 2 video
Gm 4 Oct. 25     SF 11, KC 4 video
Gm 5 Oct. 26     SF 5, KC 0 video
Gm 6 Oct. 28     KC 10, SF 0 video
Gm 7 Oct. 29     SF 3, KC 2 video

"I texted [Morse], I congratulated him [after the Giants won the pennant]. He hit a huge home run," Zimmerman said.

The pinch-hit homer didn't surprise anyone who followed the Nationals over the years. For example, Morse -- who played with the Nats from 2009-12 -- was the team's top pinch-hitter in '09, batting .353 before becoming an everyday player with Washington in '11.

"He is such a good guy," Zimmerman said about Morse. "People in D.C. enjoyed him on the team. Hopefully, he can take advantage of his opportunity and do something, win something that all of us want a chance to do at one time in our careers."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashinNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.