Game 31: The trick to going yard is to show bunt.

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  • Punchout(s) in Pittsburgh: Stephen Strasburg (+4.4% pitching, +5.3% hitting) strikes out 13 and walks 3, giving up 1 ER in 6 IP. He also hit a stand-up double.
  • Effortless grace: Adam LaRoche (+35.3%) is 2-3 with a double, a walk, and a two-run dinger for the lead (+29.1%).
  • Failed bunt attempts*: Roger Bernadina (+6.4%) gets the Nats on the board with a 6th-inning solo shot (+12.4%). Rick Ankiel (+4.3%) tacks on with another solo shot in the 9th (+9.2%).
  • Shutdowns: Ryan Mattheus (+10.2%), Tyler Clippard (+13.2%), and Henry Rodriguez (+7.9%) record scoreless 7th, 8th, and 9th innings.

*Ankiel didn't try to bunt before going yard, but ALR and Shark did.

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