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Game 32 WPA: What’s the first rule of holes? Washington Nationals lose 6-4 to Baltimore Orioles as Gio Gonzalez gives up 3 HRs in the 1st

Gio dug a big hole early, dug some more later, and the rest of the Nats didn’t do enough to fill it in.

MLB: Washington Nationals at Baltimore Orioles Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports

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(What do these graphs and percentages mean?)

  • I’ve seen worse this season: Gio Gonzalez (-28.4%) has some trouble keeping it in the yard, giving up 6 runs in 6 IP with 2 Ks, 4 walks, and 3 HR allowed.
  • Junk time all the time: Bryce Harper (+6.9%) slams a solo bomb the other way with two down in the ayeth to pad his stats a little (+1.9%).
  • More junk-time heroes: Blake Treinen (+0.7%) throws a 1-2-3 7th with 2 Ks to no particular WPA, while Joe Blanton (+0.7%) manages to work around 3 hits (none of which were HRs!) to throw a scoreless aeyth—also to negligible WPA.
  • Finally, a big play: Matt Weiters (+12.1%) doubles in a run to get the Nats within two and put runners 2nd/3rd with one out in the 9th (+15.4%)
  • TOOTBLANtastic: Brian Goodwin (-23.8%) gets saddled with the WPA penalty when Adam Lind (-0.3%) gets caught between 3rd and home after his groundout for a game-ending double play.

Tonight’s WPA brought to you by all those times I wouldn’t shut up about seeing Nirvana open for Dinosaur Jr. (and, frankly, Dinosaur Jr. was better) at the Palladium back in ‘90: