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Game 35 WPA: Pop off the bench. Nats win 5-3.

Gio was almost swept away by the circus, but the bullpen rose up to strand his runners and hold the score, while the pinch-hitting was especially hitterish.

You can also pretend this is a picture of Stephen Drew.
You can also pretend this is a picture of Stephen Drew.
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Source: FanGraphs

(What do these graphs mean?)

  • Almost beclowned: Gio Gonzalez (-12.3%) gives up one hard-hit single and bunch of bloops and errors results in two unearned runs over 5+ IP with 7 Ks and 2 walks, leaving with the bases loaded and no outs in the 6th.
  • Coming through big: Oliver Perez (+10.2%) gets an inning-ending GDP to finish stranding all of Gio's runners in the 6th and earn a shutdown.
  • Hairy-chested bench bat (part 1): Stephen Drew smacks a pinch-hit, two-out, two-run homer to tie the game in the 6th (+30.9%).
  • Hairy-chested starting bat: Bryce Harper (+31.8%) is 2-2 with a pair of walks and a two-run bomb to right to put the Nats ahead in the 7th (+25.1%).
  • Bridge to victory: Blake Treinen (+8.6%) gives up a run but holds the lead in the 7th and ayeth to earn a shutdown.
  • Hairy-chested bench bat (part 2): Chris Heisey bounces a pinch-hit solo shot off the back of the visiting bullpen to pad his stats in the aeyth (+8.3%).
  • Platooned: Jonathan Papelbon (+8.1%) gets the last two outs in the 9th to earn a shutdown.
  • [Sad trombone]: Ryan Zimmerman (-13.4%) is 0-4 with 4 LOB and 2 Ks, while Ben "4-3" Revere (-9.7%) is 1-5 with a caught stealing.

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