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Game 17 WPA: One good circus deserves another. Nats 3, SCA 1

The Nats hung in there with solid pitching and tight defense. Their patience was rewarded with gift runs that I will happily accept on their behalf. Yes, reliever drama, but that's par for the course.

I feel the same way, dude.
I feel the same way, dude.
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Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

What do these graphs mean (this is a link)?

  • Lookin' acey: Gio Gonzalez (+29.0%) strikes out 7 and walks 1 over 7 IP, giving up a single ER.
  • Sparky brings the spark: Anthony Rendon (+7.3%) gets the Nats ahead for a bit with a two-out solo shot in the third (+13.2%).
  • Rally! Uh...: Danny Espinosa (+10.5%) reaches on a sac bunt attempt (ruled a FC) when the throw for the lead runner gets dropped, loading the bases with the score tied in the 7th (+10.5%). Nate McClouth McLouth promptly Ks (-9.2%), and Josa Lobaton hits into a force at home (-12.3%) for the second out.
  • I cheer for this to happen every time: Ian Desmond (+25.8%) scores to put the Nats ahead in the 7th on a bases-loaded, two-out wild pitch, with Spinner following to put the Nats up by two when the throw goes into the dugout (+27.8%).
  • Demons faced: Tyler Clippard (-15.0%) melts down in the aeythe, leaving with one out and runners 2nd/3rd. Drew Storen (+21.9%) picks him with two quick outs to preserve the lead and earn a shutdown.
  • Beverage index... increasing: Rafael Soriano (+6.6%) walks one but gets a game-ending 1-6-3 GDP for the shutdown and the save.

I'm not gonna lie. I needed some help to get through the end of this game.