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Game 144 WPA: The triumphant return of Rafael Soriano. Nats lose 6-2

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I know, but Soriano threw a scoreless inning! Ready to close again, amirite?

Yeah, I know, right?
Yeah, I know, right?
Greg Fiume

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Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

  • Not the worst: Stephen Strasburg (-16.1%) gives up 3 runs in 6 IP despite fanning 8 and walking none with a HBP.
  • The worst: Jerry Blevins (-10.0%) melts down in the 7th, loading the bases and giving up a run before getting the hook.
  • Tonight's heroes: Denard Span (+11.1%) is 1-4, scoring a passed ball to tie the game in the 5th (+14.5%). Kevin Frandsen (+8.9%) is 3-4.
  • Some goats: Jayson Werth (-10.1%) is 0-3 with a walk and 3 LOB. Jose Lobaton (-11.1%) is 0-4 with 3 Ks and and 2 LOB. Adam LaRoche (-8.4%) is 0-4 with 3 LOB.
  • Junk-timer: Bryce Harper (-6.4%) bounces a solo shot off the facing the second deck over the curly W in right center in the 9th to pad his stats (+0.4%).

Tonight's WPA brought to you by some of the most daring airplane, car, and blimp stunts ever filmed: