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Game 122: A lot happened, here. Nats win 11-9

Scherzer wasn't the greatest, and the bullpen was far more interesting than one would prefer, but behind the once-and-always Face of Franchise, the runs kept coming.

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Source: FanGraphs

Source: FanGraphs

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  • Adequate to the game situation: Max Scherzer (-17.6% pitching, +9.6% hitting) doesn't have his best outing, giving up 3 runs (plus an inherited runner after his exit) in 6 1/3 IP with 6 Ks and 3 walks. He's 2-4 at the plate with a pair of RBI singles, including one in the middle of the big 4th-inning rally that put runners corners (+12.7%) and another for the eventual winning tally with two outs in the 7th (+0.6%).
  • I like mirror-universe Zim: Ryan Zimmerman (+18.3%) comes back from the DL with a vengeance, going 3-4 with two-out, line-drive solo shot to left in the second on the first pitch he's seen in MLB in a couple of weeks (+11.7%).
  • Dingers are always rally killers (part one): Daniel Murphy (+13.9%) cranks a solo bomb to right straight into the hands of a waiting Nats fan to lead off the 4th (+11.2%)... for his first of two ABs that inning.
  • Keeping the line moving: Anthony Rendon (+12.9%) singles in the first of the 7 runs to follow in the inning after Murphy's blast (+13.3%).
  • Dingers are always rally killers (part two): Trea Turner (+9.0%) gets a bit too enthusiastic on a sac fly attempt, lofting a three-run jack to left to put the Nats well ahead in the 4th (+13.0%).
  • Accordingly to WPA, the relief corps wasn't particularly notable this game: The WPA hamsters note no shutdowns or meltdowns as a parade of 5 relievers get into and out of bases-loaded jams and let in six (6!) runs in the course of getting the last eight outs of the game.

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