Game 87 WPA: I wasn't ready for a nail-biter. Nats 2, Cubs 1

"RAAAAR! I LAYBORZ BUT GETS TEH JOB DUNN!!11!1" (Not an actual quote.) - Greg Fiume

J-Zim labored through 6 scoreless, but the bullpen couldn't hold the lead... at first.

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Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

  • Quality tightrope-walking: Jordan Zimmermann (+35.5%) does some heavy lifting, getting through 6 scoreless with 5 Ks, despite 7 hits and a walk. Enjoy your no-decision!
  • The big early blow: Jayson Werth (-3.4%) hits an RBI groundout to put the Nats up 1-0 in the first (+2.6%).
  • Fail: Drew Storen (-19.8%) melts down in the 7th, loading the bases and giving up a game-tying sac fly (+0.3%) before exiting with only two outs and two still on.
  • Finger in the levee: Jerry Blevins (+7.4%) earns a shutdown by getting the last out in the 7th to keep it tied.
  • You're killing me, man: Tyler Clippard (+10.1%) gets into and out of a 2nd/3rd, one-out jam to keep it tied in the aeyth and earn a shutdown. He threw Splitty for a strike!
  • Rally: Denard Span (+15.3%) beats a good throw and a challenge for a hustle double to lead off the aeyth (+13.7%). Ryan Zimmerman (+21.5%) comes through two outs and an intentional walk later with the go-ahead RBI hit (+26.3%).
  • I was never worried: Rafael Soriano (+15.1%) gets a quick 1-2-3 inning to seal the win and record a shutdown.

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