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Game 10 WPA: Drama and LOB. Nats 6, RFB 7

Behind early, chipping away, tied, behind again, tied again, ahead, tied again... extras... not winning... it wears a fellow out. Zimmy had a pretty spectacular night, so that was cool. But don't get me started on all the LOB.

He was in this game, I swear.
He was in this game, I swear.
Scott Cunningham


Via Fangraphs

  • Too strong? Tanner Roark (-24.6%) has a pretty uneven start, with balls left up, three HBP, 3 Ks and a walk. But he manages to get through 4.2 IP, ending up with 5 ER.
  • Two-way player: Ryan Zimmerman (+31.5%) is 2-4 with a walk and a two-out, three-run, game-tying blast in the top of the 5th (+31.6%), plus a death-defying 5-4-3 DP in the bottom of the 5th with the pointy end of a broken bat sailing over his head (+9.6%), not to mention a 5-4 putout from on his belly to end the inning.
  • Not ready for prime time? Aaron Barrett (-13.7%) cashes in Roark's inherited runner to put the Nats behind in the 5th (-16.7%), earning a meltdown before finally getting the third out.
  • [Rizzo points to head]: Last-minute pickup Kevin Frandsen pinch hits a game-trying RBI single in the 6th (+15.1%)
  • Solid 'stache: Ross Detwiler (+15.0%) gets a shutdown with two innings of scoreless relief.
  • Better late than never: Denard Span (+4.8%) strands 3 LOB and has a GDP, but singles in a go-ahead run in the aeyth (+29.1%).
  • Dangit: Tyler Clippard (-23.0%) melts down in the ayeth, giving up a tying solo HR (-34.2%).
  • Effective: Drew Storen (-12.1%) gets a shutdown by striking out the side in the 9th to get us to extras.
  • Not so much: Jerry Blevins (-37.9%) gets the final meltdown of the night, giving up a bloop hit and run in the 10th to lose it.