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Zimmerman sets runners left on base record vs. Cubs

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It's not always pleasant hitting behind the reigning National League MVP Bryce Harper in the Washington Nationals lineup and Ryan Zimmerman found out exactly why Sunday.

The 31-year-old veteran went 1-for-7 against the Cubs, setting a new major-league record for runners left on base with 14.

"Unfortunately, I couldn’t come through," Zimmerman told reporters. "If I had to do it all over again that’s the spot I want to be in. Give it to me 10 more times and I’ll take it every single time."

Zimmerman broke the previous record (12) by one player in a game, which was done four times, according to Baseball Almanac.

Trot Nixon 12 June 12 2003
David Ortiz 12 May 14 2009
Glenn Beckert 12 Sept 16 1972
Todd Helton 12 Apr 11 1998

Zimmerman wasn't the only Nationals player to enter the record books on Sunday, as Harper also did so by earning six walks in the contest.

The two-time Silver Slugger is struggling thus far in the 2016 season. He’s hitting .236/.293/.340 with one home run and 12 RBIs in 116 plate appearances.

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