Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)
- Well, someone showed up: Dan Haren (+37.1%) puts forth a good effort, fanning seven (7) and only walking one in 6 IP, giving up no runs. Enjoy your no-decision, Dan.
- Like old times: Tyler Clippard (+13.5%) and Drew Storen (+10.4%) each walk one, but each throw a scoreless inning in relief to earn shutdowns.
- Not so good: Rafael Soriano (-31.3%) gives up a game-tying solo shot in the 9th (-44.3%) after the Nats can't add to their one-run lead.
- Powerful FAIL: Chad Tracy (+8.2%) leads the Nats in hitting WPA with a leadoff single in the 10th. He's erased when Denard Span (-2.0%) muffs a sac bunt (-8.0%).
- Powerfuller FAIL: Ian Desmond (-2.9%) singles in the 10th (+8.0%) and advances with Span on a WP to put runners 2nd/3rd with one out (+13.9%). Then Scott Hairston and Ryan Zimmerman both strike out (-20.9% and -11.1%, respectively).
- Powerfullest FAIL: Craig Stammen (-37.0%) gets the final indignity of the walk-off loss on a ball hit too slowly to get an inning-ending GDP with bases loaded in the 10th, but it's an unearned run since the leadoff runner reached and took second on an error (-17.5%).
So, is Hunter Wendlestedt a bum, or what?
What is with the umps this series calling at least one Nats pitch down the middle a ball?
via www.brooksbaseball.net (click to embiggen)
Here's Harper's aeyth-inning AB:
via www.brooksbaseball.net (Click to embiggen)
It's borderline, but strike three looks reasonably strikey. Too close to take, especially given how far outside the typical LHH strikezone goes.
Anyhow, I think we can all agree with DEVO: