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Game 87 WPA: Pitching failure. Nats lose 7-9.

A lot happened in the this game, but I can summarize this way: Oliver Perez had two hits, and that was the best thing that any Nats pitcher did.

"Look, man, we can only hit so many dingers." (Not an actual quote.)
"Look, man, we can only hit so many dingers." (Not an actual quote.)
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Source: FanGraphs

(What do these graphs mean?)

  • Laboring: Lucas Giolito (-36.0%) gives up 4 runs in 3 2/3 IP with 4 Ks and 4 walks.
  • Good start: Ben Revere (+11.0%) leads off the game with a triple to set up the Nats' first run (+9.9%).
  • The Inning of Dingers: Bryce Harper (+9.1%) hits a go-ahead solo bomb to the batter's eye in center to put the Nats ahead with one out in the 4th (+14.7%). Clint Robinson (+17.1%) hits one out to LF for his own solo shot one out later (+12.5%), while Anthony Rendon (-0.7%) follows him with another one to LF (+9.4%).
  • Keeping it going: Wilson Ramos (+5.8%) singles in a run to put the Nats up by 2 in with two outs in the 5th (+12.0%).
  • Bat like you pitch--fidgety: Oliver Perez (-38.2% pitching, +12.1% hitting) melts down on the mound, getting 4 outs in the 4th and 5th, but giving up a 3-run bomb to put the Nats behind (-39.4%). At the plate, he's 2-2 with a double and a run scored.
  • Keep it in the yard, man: Matt Belisle (-6.9%) gets another 4 outs, but gives up a run in the 6th to earn a meltdown of his own.
  • Get it back: Daniel Murphy (+19.6%) leads off the 7th with a massive solo bomb almost to the bridge in right to get the Nats within one (+12.4%).
  • Give it up again: Sammy Solis (-12.1%) melts down in the 7th, letting in a run and exiting with the bases loaded.

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