Highest Leverage PA: 4.1, PA#65, Ramos K vs Broxton, Nationals' 8th. Greatest LI Win Value: -.145, PA#16, Roark GDP vs Simon, Nationals' 2nd. QMAX rating: (4,4) for Roark (Uncategorised). Bullpen Award: None.Batters' Aggregate LI Win Values:
Span 0.181 McLouth 0.056 Dobbs -0.047 Moore -0.059 Roark -0.103 Desmond -0.104 Frandsen -0.111 Werth -0.157 Espinosa -0.158 Ramos -0.185Denard Span's home run filled one with hope, but this was an example of the kind of game the Nationals really need to win on a regular basis if there is to be any hope of post-season baseball for Washington. Tanner Roark's GDP in the 2nd inning signified the true course the contest would take. After the Reds took the lead in the fourth inning, the Nationals went 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position. Nationals' hitters also struck out five times in the ensuing five innings before Aroldis Chapman came in, which works out as a 9 K/9 for a pitcher. That's as if the Nationals were facing 2013's Cliff Lee. But, in fact, they faced Alfredo Simon (5.6 K/9 in 2014 so far) and Jonathan Broxton (6.8 K/9). The Nationals certainly flattered those two last night.