Game 62 WPA: Chipping away. Nats 5, Twins 4

Karns doesn't do so well, but the Nats string together enough one-run innings to overcome an early deficit, aided by some ridonkulus plays on defense.

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Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

  • Rookie mistakes: Nathan Karns (-29.9%) only makes it through 3 IP, giving up 2 walks and a HR to the opposing 7/8 hitters for 2 Ks, 3 BBs, 4 ER overall.
  • Veteran calm: Craig Stammen (+7.1%) throws two perfect innings in relief for a shutdown, fanning 1.
  • Rookie misadventures: Erik Davis (-6.0%) melts down in the 6th, giving up a leadoff triple but getting an out without letting the runner score.
  • Rookie calm: Fernando Abad (+11.0%) earns a shutdown by coming into the one-out, runner-on-third jam in the 6th and stranding the runner.
  • Deja vu AROOO: Jayson Werth (+2.9%) singles in the Shark, moving Zim to second, in the first (+9.9%)... and then again in the third (+7.1%).
  • Fin lurking: Roger Bernadina (+15.6%) can't stop getting on base, going 2-3 with a pair of walks.
  • Veteran luck: Ryan Zimmerman (+17.7%) is only 1-3 with a walk, but gets the big WPA with a bases-loading ROE in the 5th (+11.6%).
  • Remember me, Minnesotans? Denard Span (+21.4%) is 1-4 with a walk and a game-tying RBI triple in the 6th (+22.7%).
  • Needing a few second chances: Ian Desmond (-1.9%) strands six baserunners before finally doubling in the go-ahead run in the 7th (+19.5%).
  • Steady as you please: Tyler Clippard (+8.4%) throws a shutdown 7th, working around a single, while Drew Storen (+11.5%) gets his shutdown with a perfect aeyth.
  • Awfully interesting: Rafael Soriano (+15.2%) puts runners corners before getting the Hammer to foul out to ALR to end the game (+15.7%).
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