WASHINGTON (AP) As the ball soared toward deep left-center, seemingly destined to end Jordan Zimmermann's bid for the first no-hitter by a Washington Nationals pitcher, the righty threw his head back and thought, "Double. No-doubt double."
Zimmermann was one out from history Sunday, and for what must have seemed like forever he watched little-used rookie left fielder Steven Souza Jr. - a defensive replacement in the ninth inning - give chase.
"Once I got closer," Souza said, "I knew, `Oh, my gosh, this is going to be pretty close.' So I took off."