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Game 24 WPA: This is DSPAN. Nats 6, Red 3

Haren actually manages a quality start, plus comes through with some DIY offense. Harper continues to be an unstoppable baseball cyborg of DOOM, but the real hero of the day is DSpan, who was a bottomless wellspring of effortless, run-saving range out in center.


Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

  • H8RZ repent: Dan Haren (+14.4% pitching, +10.1% hitting) gives up 2 ER in 6 IP, walking none and striking out 5. He also bloops an RBI single for the lead in the first (+12.0%).
  • Relentless: Ian Desmond (+8.6%) is 1-3 with a walk and a two-run single in the 3rd (+6.8%). Bryce Harper (+6.9%) is 2-3 with a walk and a two-run dinger to tack on the 4th (+7.7%).
  • True H3r0: Denard Span (+7.6%) is 2-5 with a RBI single for the Nats' second run (+9.2%) and a pair of catches that saved somewhere from 2 to 5 runs, depending on whether you think he hauled his first one back over the wall or not.

Here is Span turning a bases-loaded double into an out in the 7th (this is a link).

Here is Span hauling back a two-run jack in the 6th (this is also a link).