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Game 141: Balk, balk, baaaAAALK! Nats 3, FF 2

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Gio was good enough, the defense over some early clownishness, the offense was good enough, and the bullpen was nails. That's prestigious.

Watch yer move to second! Or else THIS will happen...
Watch yer move to second! Or else THIS will happen...
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Via Fangraphs (click to embiggen)

  • Making due: Gio Gonzalez (+0.8%) is not dominant, nor is he helped by a clownish first-inning defensive miscue(s) that broke Fangraphs for awhile, but he still manages to go 6+ innings with 3 Ks and no walks, giving up only 2 runs.
  • A penchant for the timely dinger: Adam LaRoche (+21.9%) hits game-tying solo shots in each of his first two at-bats, one in the second (+11.9%) and one in the fourth (+14.5%).
  • Prestigious, old school: Ian Desmond (+15.1%) is 2-4 with a pair of doubles, including one in the 6th (+6.5%) that allowed him to take third on a balk (+5.5%) to set up the go-ahead run.
  • Whisperer: Scott Hairston (-0.4%) hits a pair of no-doubters... that died on the track in LF. However, one was a sac-fly in the 6th to drive in the winning run (+5.8%).
  • Not the new closer: Aaron Barrett (+16.4%) comes in with a runner on in the 7th to get three outs and earn a shutdown.
  • Also not the new closer: Tyler Clippard (+11.4%) throws a scoreless aeyth for his own shutdown, helped by a fantastic caught-stealing on appeal.
  • The new closer! (For now): Drew Storen (+15.1%) throws a 1-2-3 ninth for the third shutdown of the game for the Nats' bullpen.