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- Enjoy the no-decision: Stephen Strasburg (+23.6% pitching, -0.3% hitting) gives up 1 run in 6 IP, fanning 5 and walking none. He's 1-2 at the plate, with a single and a run scored.
- Early output: Adam LaRoche (+17.8%) is 1-2 with a walk and a second-inning, two-run homer to right center to put the Nats ahead (+18.8%).
- It got comfortable fast: Anthony Rendon (+8.7%) is 2-4 with a pair of walks, his two-run double in the 5th only jogging the WPA needle slightly (+4.7%).
- Meltdown the first: Rafael Soriano (-37.4%) embraces the worst of the hysterical fan narratives about him, giving up three runs in the ninth and making it hard to argue against vague hypothetical "changes."
- The true fireman: Tyler Clippard (+15.8%) gets the last out in the 9th and keeps it tied in the 10th to earn a shutdown.
- Meltdown the second: Craig Stammen (-34.5%) gives up the go-behind run in the 11th, thanks partly to some clown play in the outfield (-17.3%).
- Meltdown the third: Jerry Blevins (-7.5%) gives up the eventual losing run on an RBI single. If only he could get lefties out.
- A shot a redemption: Jayson Werth (-0.5%) singles to put runners corners in the 11th (+10.4%). Tyler Moore (+8.7%) singles in a run to get the Nats within one (+11.9%).
- Final FAIL: Ian Desmond (-7.8%) is 1-4 with 2(!) walks, but strikes out with two on and one out in the 11th (-15.8%). Bryce Harper (-15.6%) caps his 1-5 + outfield-clown-play night by flying out to end the game (-16.1%).
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