• Today's Top 5:
5. Majik On the Mound: Livan Hernandez gives up four hits, all singles and two runs in the top of the first, but with runners on first and one down he and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman work a little majik to limit the damage. Seattle left fielder Carlos Peguero's up with Dustin Ackley on first and Justin Smoak on third after Adam Kennedy's already singled in a run and scored on Ackley's grounder, 2-0 M's, one down, and Peguero pops out foul of third to Zimmerman down the line in left. Livan Hernandez sneaks in behind Smoak, who'd tagged and took two steps off the bag, and he's called out on the force at third. Double play to end the Mariners' first.
4. Leadoff Runners: Livan lets the leadoff runner on in each of the first four innings. The Nats' right-hander pitcher retires three-straight after a leadoff single in the second, but a leadoff double by Brendan Ryan in the third results in the Mariners' third run scoring one out later on an RBI groundout by Ackley. 3-0 Seattle after three. Franklin Gutierrez singles to start the fourth, steals second on a swinging K by Seattle catcher Chris Gimenez, and scores on an RBI single by Doug Fister on the Mariners' starter's 1st MLB hit. Livan needs 63 pitches, 39 of them strikes to get through four innings.
3. Fister? Really?: Mariners' right-hander Doug Fister gives up a two-out swinging bunt of a single by Ryan Zimmerman in the Nats' fourth. Zim's infield hit is the Nats' second through four innings, but Laynce Nix's fly to center ends the Seattle starter's fourth scoreless frame. The Nationals aren't showing much patience against the M's starter, who's through four on 45 pitches, 30 of them strikes. Livan Hernandez gives up the fifth straight leadoff hit to Brendan Ryan in the fifth, and the Mariners' shortstop takes second when Jayson Werth tries to barehand and misses the roller into right. Adam Kennedy lines to right field for the Mariners' 10th hit of the night, and Ryan scores Seattle's fifth run, 5-0. Livan Hernandez is done. 4.0 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K's, 69 pitches, 43 strikes, 6/1 GO/FO.
2. "Ack-Ack-Ack": Doug Fister's through 5.0 scoreless on just 54 pitches, and he's back out on the mound again in the sixth when he finally gets in a little trouble. The Mariners' starter hits Ian Desmond with a curve and loses the zone momentarily, walking Jayson Werth to put two on with one out and Roger Bernadina at the plate. The Shark takes a 1-2 fastball in the dirt from Fister, then goes back up the middle with an RBI line drive to center that scores Desmond from second for the Nats' first run, 5-1 Seattle. Ryan Zimmerman hits a sharp grounder to second, but the Mariners' '09 1st Round pick, Dustin Ackley, stabs it and starts a 4-6-3 inning-ending DP. 5-1 Mariners after 6.0.
1. Raises Fist Toward Sky: Ryan Mattheus and Collin Balester combine for 4.0 scoreless innings of relief after Livan Hernandez's early exit. Fister does it all himself, allowing just one run on three hits through eight innings in Nats Park. The Mariners' 27-year-old '06 7th Round pick is at 99 pitches after he retires Wilson Ramos, Matt Stairs and Ian Dsemond in order in the bottom of the eighth. Todd Coffey gives up a two-out double to Adam Kennedy, who collects three hits tonight in his first game against the Nationals since leaving D.C. for Seattle, but Coffey gets through a scoreless frame.
0. Big League: Mariners' closer Brandon League takes over on the mound in the 9th. Jayson Werth reaches on an error by Justin Smoak at first which allows the Nats' leadoff man to take second. Roger Bernadina works a walk to put two on in front of Ryan Zimmerman. The Nats' FOF grounds into his third 4-6-3 DP of the night. Werth's safe at third and he scores on a two-out single by Jerry Hairston. 5-2. An infield single by Michael Morse that bounces off Brandon League's leg puts two runners on with two out. Michael Morse beats out a grounder to the mound with two down. League's out after trying warm-up tosses. David Pauley replaces League. Danny Espinosa's first-pitch swinging, and he singles in a run, 5-3 game. Wilson Ramos is up. The winning run's at the plate. Ramos is first-pitch swinging too, but he fouls it off. 0-1 fastball's low. Ramos gets hold of the 1-1 pitch and sends it OUT! DEEEEEEEP TO LEFT-CENTER AND GONE!! GONE!! GONE! WILSON RAMOS WALK-OFF WINNER!! UN-REAL!! 6-5 Nationals!!
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• Doghouse's Post Game WPA Graph: "Game 73: Nats Defy Reddington's Jinxing":
- Grim Start: Livan Hernandez (-26.8%) leaves no bat unmissed, giving up 10 hits and 5 runs in 4 IP.
- No help: Ryan Zimmerman (-20.4%) is 1-4 with a hope-destroying three GDPs.
- H3R0 OF THE YEAR!! Wilson Ramos (+87.2%) makes up for allowing 2 SB with a two-out, three-run, walk-off bomb (+91.3%)--close to the highest WPA possible on a play.
Nationals now 36-37.