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Game 121 WPA: In which I apologize to Adam LaRoche. Nats 4, PP 3

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Gio struggled, but the bullpen (and Ramos and LaRoche) picked him up. Harper and Taylor got a pair of key walks.

Okay, the guy can hit.
Okay, the guy can hit.
Greg Fiume

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Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

  • Not sharp: Gio Gonzalez (-14.4%) throws a zillion pitches to get through 5 innings, giving up 3 runs with 7 Ks and 2 walks.
  • Taking what the game gives you: Michael Taylor (+4.6%) draws a pinch-hit walk to start the ayeth-inning rally. Bryce Harper (+16.7%) walks to lead off the 9th (+7.5%), then takes second on a WP (+10.1%).
  • [Rizzo points to head]: Late roster addition Kevin Frandsen (+13.6%) is 3-4 with an aeyth-inning RBI single to get the Nats on the board (+10.5%).
  • Bad night: Anthony Rendon (-29.0%) is 0-4 with an ayeth-inning, two-on GDP that looked like a rally killer (-22.7%).
  • Good night: Adam LaRoche (+39.0%) is 1-3 with a walk and a two-out, two-run, game-tying, line-drive dinger in the ayeth (+40.7%).
  • Good night, everybody! Wilson Ramos (+14.5%) hits a walkoff ground-rule double (+19.7%).
  • Not a shutdown: Craig Stammen (+5.0%) gets no WPA love for holding the Nats at a three-run deficit with three scoreless in relief.
  • A shutdown: Matt Thornton (+12.8%) fans two in a scoreless 9th to keep it tied.