Game 88: Text "N4" to 89269

Tonight's post-game: Nats beat Cubs 5-4 on suicide squeeze.

(Updated to add a listing of team records in one-run games so far this season after the jump.)

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via www.fangraphs.com

  • See-saw: Tom Gorzelanny (-15.2%) keeps giving away his leads, striking out 6 over 7 IP and coughing up a pair of game-tying, two-run bombs (-16.9% and -21.0%).
  • Face/on: Ryan Zimmerman (+27.9%) is 3-4 with two doubles, a walk, and a go-ahead, two-run dinger in the 5th (+21.0%).
  • Ima just call him "ROY": Danny Espinosa (+20.6%) is 2-4 with a walk and his own two-run jack in the first (+13.3%).
  • Solid: Henry Rodriguez (+10.8%) strikes out the side in the 8th (allowing a hit), while Drew Storen (+15.6%) throws a perfect 9th to close it out.
  • Cat-like: Ian Desmond (-0.1%) snares a line-drive and beats the runner back to second for a double play to end a one-out, RISP jam in the 7th (+12.2%).

Someone asked in the comments to the post-game whether the Nats lead the league in one-run games.  They're tied for 6th, actually.  Bonus table of one-run games (not including tonight's games, so that'll shift things a bit) after the jump.

Team records in one-run games in 2011

Rk Tm Year G ▾ W L W-L% RS RA pythW-L%
1 MIN 2011 37 18 19 .486 124 125 .496
2 SFG 2011 35 23 12 .657 109 98 .549
3 FLA 2011 34 15 19 .441 113 117 .484
4 WSN 2011 32 17 15 .531 91 89 .510
5 LAA 2011 32 16 16 .500 102 102 .500
6 SEA 2011 32 16 16 .500 97 97 .500
7 KCR 2011 31 15 16 .484 127 128 .496
8 TOR 2011 31 13 18 .419 133 138 .483
9 OAK 2011 31 12 19 .387 89 96 .465
10 MIL 2011 30 17 13 .567 112 108 .517
11 ATL 2011 30 16 14 .533 111 109 .508
12 CIN 2011 30 12 18 .400 104 110 .474
13 ARI 2011 28 17 11 .607 110 104 .526
14 SDP 2011 28 13 15 .464 76 78 .488
15 CLE 2011 27 15 12 .556 83 80 .517
16 COL 2011 27 12 15 .444 99 102 .486
17 CHC 2011 26 10 16 .385 80 86 .467
18 STL 2011 25 13 12 .520 101 100 .505
19 CHW 2011 25 13 12 .520 73 72 .506
20 HOU 2011 25 10 15 .400 77 82 .471
21 PHI 2011 24 16 8 .667 70 62 .555
22 PIT 2011 23 13 10 .565 86 83 .516
23 NYM 2011 23 10 13 .435 82 85 .484
24 TEX 2011 22 10 12 .455 86 88 .489
25 TBR 2011 21 13 8 .619 73 68 .532
26 LAD 2011 21 10 11 .476 56 57 .492
27 NYY 2011 21 9 12 .429 75 78 .482
28 BAL 2011 20 12 8 .600 84 80 .522
29 BOS 2011 20 11 9 .550 74 72 .513
30 DET 2011 17 7 10 .412 61 64 .478
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/6/2011.
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