Highest Leverage PA: 3.1, PA #73, Heisey F5 vs Mattheus, Reds' 8th. Highest Clutch Value: .172, PA #2, Bernadina HR vs Leake, Nationals' 1st. Lowest Opp. Clutch Value: -.081, PA #73, Heisey F5 vs Mattheus, Reds' 8th. QMAX rating: (4,5) for Gonzalez. Bullpen Award: None.Batters' Leveraged Win Values:
Bernadina 0.190 LaRoche 0.104 Zimmerman 0.052 Desmond 0.036 Espinosa 0.015 Ramos 0.005 Stammen -0.003 Ankiel -0.016 Gonzalez -0.025 Harper -0.069You remember those games earlier in the season, where the Nationals would squeeze out a victory through some timely hitting? This is a through-the-looking-glass version, in which some timely pitching squeezed out a victory. The Nationals did not have a good performance from Gio Gonzalez, but a mediocre one, and Craig Stammen managed to pitch his way into a jam in his third inning of work, following two solid innings. Stammen might have got a Hero's Palm had he not needed to be rescued by Ryan Mattheus. In other words, the pitching did just enough for the victory, in a situation that could easily have turned ugly twice over, in the 5th and again in the 8th.