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Game 113: Snappy. Nats wins 7-4

Gio isn't the steadiest, but the bullpen sure is and the bats (lead by Ol' Man Werth) get it done.

"My bat is my skill list." (Not an actual quote.)
"My bat is my skill list." (Not an actual quote.)
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Source: FanGraphs

(What do these graphs mean?)

  • Sporting gentleman: Gio Gonzalez (-25.0%) keeps giving up the lead as fast as the Nats can get it to the tune of 4 runs allowed in 5+ IP with 5 Ks and a walk, getting yanked with two on and no out in the 6th before he can cough it up again.
  • Quick out of the gate: Wilson Ramos (+2.0%) singles in a run to get the Nats a fleeting lead with two down in the first (+9.2%).
  • Not a record. Means nothing: Jayson Werth (+32.8%) is 2-3 with a walk, a double, and a no-doubt, two0out, three-run bomb off the back of the visiting bullpen to put the Nats back ahead in the 2nd (+26.0%).
  • The un-jammer: Matt Belisle (+15.5%) comes on in the 6th to clean up Gio's mess and strands both runners to earn a shutdown.
  • Back in the hits: Daniel Murphy (+12.1%) interrupts his recent doldrums at the plate with an RBI double to put the Nats ahead for good in the 5th.
  • This is just excessive: Anthony Rendon (+11.5%) plates a pair of insurance run with a double of his own a couple of batters after Murphy (+10.4%).
  • Also coming up big, pitching-wise: Shawn Kelley (+8.1%) gets the last out in the 7th to strand two more runners then stays in to throw a scoreless aeyth and earn his own shutdown.

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