Highest Leverage PA: 6.4, PA#78, Espinosa pop-up vs Stauffer, Nationals 9th. Highest LI Win Value: .345, PA#101, Lobaton line-out double play vs Street, Nationals 12th. QMAX rating: (3,3) for Zimmermann (Success Square). Bullpen Award: None.Batters' Aggregate LI Win Values:
Harper 0.149 Werth 0.125 Espinosa 0.073 Span 0.009 Zimmermann -0.010 LaRoche -0.014 Frandsen -0.055 McLouth -0.065 Walters -0.068 Moore -0.116 Desmond -0.145 Lobaton -0.265 Rendon -0.316In the middle of the eighth inning, I thought 'this game has extra innings written all over it.' I'm not normally a fan of extra innings, but this game held my interest as the innings were filled with a degree of tension that often seems absent from extra innings.
I probably shouldn't credit all the negative value of PA#101 to Jose Lobaton, as it sounded from the radio guys as though Bryce Harper messed up the play. But normally I give full value of a double play to the batter, so I'm going to maintain that here.
I could have awarded both Hero's Palms and a Goat's Head, but in one case the head cancelled out the palm, and the other Hero's Palm didn't seem appropriate in this loss.