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- Remember, he was good in April last season: Gio Gonzalez (+9.9%) gives us more grounds for cautious optimism, allowing a single run over seven innings pitched with 6 Ks and no walks.
- It was a better strategy when he was hurt (or not hurt, or something) and the rest of the lineup was less fearsome: Bryce Harper (+6.4%) walks 3 times, setting up a pair of two-RBI hits and later hitting a double of his own.
- Protection racket: Daniel Murphy (+29.4%) puts the Nats ahead with two outs in the 3rd with a bases-loaded, two-run single (+20.5%), following a Harper walk. He tacks on in the 5th by belted a two-run homer out to right (+9.7%), following another Harper walk.
- Revenge of the projected-as-replacement-level-by-Doghouse: Jayson Werth (+10.2%) puts the Nats ahead for good with a solo shot in the to start the 4th (+12.7%). Matt Wieters (+9.2%) follows with a solo bomb of his out two batters later (+10.7%).
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