GAME 69 REVIEW: Danny Does It!

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Burnett takes small step forward

Nats reliever Sean Burnett isn’t exactly ready to throw a party for himself. His ERA is still 5.70, after all. It will take more than an Albert Pujols pop up in a big situation to reclaim his season. But there is still something to be said for baby steps. “I just stopped thinking, man,” Burnett said when asked about facing Pujols with one out...


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Good times rolling in Nats Town

Nats 7, Cardinals 4 Admit it. You’re getting a little giddy now. You fill out possible 2012 rotations with “Strasburg” penciled in. You find a spot on the field for top draft pick Anthony Rendon, who you’re sure will be an on-base machine. Bryce Harper in a corner outfield spot and batting fourth behind Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman in this...


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Espinosa's walk-off secures sweep of Cards

Danny Espinosa powered a three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th, adding to early back-to-back homers from Jayson Werth and Roger Bernadina.
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Sweet Nationals Victory Is Lemon-Lime Flavored

Shhh, quiet! Keep it down! I need to hear what is going on outside my tent. The coyote hunting gig has gone a bit unusual if it hasn’t already as my employer Lord Rumplefoot’s servant Chonsey is serious on some strange bend. Perhaps he took some exotic herbs he can only get in his country or he has conjured up some demon to possess him, but I get the distinct impression he wants to cause me bodily harm. Now, out in the middle of the woods in the middle of the night, I am a babe in the woods and the savage wants to savage me. I have no idea why these things happen to me when I get in a tent out in the wilderness, but I will not go down without a fight–

And perhaps a quick blog post.

The Nationals finished off the St. Louis Cardinals in dominating fashion. On Tuesday night the Nationals rallied big and won. On Wednesday they outplayed and routed St. Louis 10-0. Thursday night– wow. Second baseman Danny Espinosa lifted the Nationals to a 7-4 walk off extra-innings victory to sweep the at-one-time-in-first-place Cardinals and put the Nationals on a six-game win streak. Or he won the Superbowl, can’t tell from the picture. Usually a Gatorade bath is something reserved for more primitive sports.

The Nationals stake their claim to fourth place in the NL East over the Florida Marlins and are only a game back from the third place New York Mets. The Mets, by the way, lost Thursday night in extra innings on a walk off– balk. Too hilarious. Everyone is laughing except perhaps Rich The Mets Fan. The feisty, little Floridian is probably nervously tending his banana trees on his beach front property with the knowledge Washington is right there behind his beloved squad. He is constantly looking over his shoulder as he plucks the ground beetles out of his banana bunches to see if the dreaded Red is there. Dread the Red, my friend, dread the Red.

Magnificent series that goes against all odds and baseball logic. Where the hell did this team come from? What the hell happened to transform them into…well, a real baseball team? How long will this euphoria last?

Hopefully until Saturday. If I can survive the night, Rumplefoot has been kind enough to offer to chopper me out of the woods and to D.C. to take in Friday night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles. He said he could have the chopper land right there on the field at Nationals Park, but I told him that would not be necessary. I always like to make a grand entrance into Nationals Park, like the time I was teleported by a wandering, psychic Gypsy right on the mound in the middle of the game. Let me tell you, I scared Jordan Zimmermann almost white.

You probably didn’t see that because the camera panned off me just before I got called a witch and tasered.. Good thing too. The Youtube video of me flopping around and grabbing on to Zimmermann’s legs while crapping myself would have definitely gone viral and yes, there is such a thing as bad publicity.

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Surging Nats welcome O's for Interleague set

Jason Marquis and the Nationals look to stay red-hot as they welcome Zach Britton and the Orioles to Nationals Park for an Interleague series.
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Game 69: Lannan robbed again. Also, SWEEEEEEEP!

Tonight's post-game: Nats sweep Cards to win 6 straight on 10th-inning walkoff.

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via www.fangraphs.com

  • Gatorade shower recipient: Danny Espinosa (+40.5%) is 3-5 with a 10th-inning, 3-run, walkoff bomb in true h3r0 fashion (+20.7%)--after having hit a go-ahead RBI single in the 4th (+12.7%).
  • He even had run support! John Lannan (+11.4%) allows on 2 ER over 7 innings... for a no-decision.
  • Vulture? ur doin it rong: Drew Storen (-21.2%) gives up a game-tying solo shot (-34.4%) to send the game to extras.
  • Don't call it a comeback: Sean Burnett (+13.2%) walks one and strikes out one to keep the game tied in the 10th.
  • MOAR D1NG3RZ!! Jayson Werth (+9.6%) leads off the first with solo shot (+10.3%), and Roger Bernadina (-1.7%) goes back-to-back with his own (+9.1%).  Laynce Nix (+6.4%) adds not-quite-enough insurance with a third solo shot in the 6th (+19.0%).

What do these graphs mean?


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Washington Nationals Win 7-4 On Danny Espinosa’s 10th Inning Walk-Off. Nats Sweeps St. Louis Cardinals, Win Sixth Straight.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16:  Danny Espinosa #18 of the Washington Nationals rounds the bases after hitting the game winning three run home run in the tenth inning against Fernando Salas #59 of the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park on June 16, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Nationals won the game 7-4.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

• Tonight's Top 5: 

5. FULL MOON: Jayson Werth homered for the first time since May 20th in Baltimore late in last night's game and he starts the Nats' first tonight with more of the same. 1-2 sinker from Cards' starter Kyle Lohse and the suddenly-hot right fielder crushes it. No doubter into the Red Porch seats in left-center. 1-0 Nationals on Werth's 10th, and the Nats, who hadn't hit back-to-back HR's this season before Michael Morse and Danny Espinosa did it the other night, do it again. Roger Bernadina fouls off a curve on a bunt attempt and then unloads on an 0-1 sinker. Fly ball to right and over the out-of-town scoreboard into the seats. 2-0 Nationals on Bernadina's second of the year. Two HR's in the first after a quick 8-pitch top of the frame by John Lannan. The Nationals' lefty throws a 2-2 slider to the leadoff batter, Matt Holliday, in the second, and the St. Louis' slugger cuts the lead in half with one swing. 2-1 Nationals after an inning and a half...

4. Who are the Expos? Courtesy of the Nationals' PR Department: Last time two players hit back-to-back HR's to start a game in franchise history was June 16th, 2002, when Brad Wilkerson and Jose Vidro hit two in a row off Toronto Blue Jays' starter Steve Parris. 

3. No Leadoff Walks, PLZ: John Lannan's in trouble quickly in the Cards' fourth. A leadoff walk to Albert Pujols is followed by a single to right by Matt Holliday. Back-to-back groundouts from Lance Berkman and Yadier Molina and the leadoff walks costs Lannan the lead. Molina's groundout score Pujols from third, 2-2 game after the top of the fourth. One out into the Nationals' half, Michael Morse drives a 3-1 fastball to right-center and off the out-of-town scoreboard. 12th double of the year for Morse. Danny Espinosa connects with an 0-1 curve from Lohse for a single through the right side of the infield that scores Morse from second, 3-2 Nats after four. Lannan gives up a one-out single to the opposing pitcher in the Cardinals' fifth, but he starts a 1-4-3 DP on a grounder to the mound in the next AB and he's through four and a half with a 3-2 lead and eleven groundouts from the St. Louis' batters. 

2. MOAR Grounderz: Albert Pujols is 2 for 3 tonight after he singles with one down in the Cards' sixth. Matt Holliday, who's 2 for 2 with a HR and a single is up again, with a runner on, but the 12th groundout of the game for Nats' lefty John Lannan starts a 4-6-3 inning ending DP... Laynce Nix, who struck out swinging at a change from Lohse last time up, takes another offspeed pitch for a called strike on the first offering he sees from the Cards' starter in the bottom of the sixth. Lohse tries to fool him with another one and Nix jumps all over it. Nix's 10th HR of 2011 goes out to right, over the out-of-town scoreboard. 4-2 Nationals after six innings in Nats Park. Lohse ends the sixth at 101 pitches. Lannan starts the seventh at 67.

1. Clipp'd: The Cardinals' collect one and two-out singles in the seventh. Two on, two out, and Nats' Skipper Jim Riggleman sticks with his starter who gets a his fourteenth groundout of the night to end the seventh. Still 4-2 Nats. Lannan's through seven on 86 pitches, 56 strikes, and done there, replaced by Tyler Clippard in the top of the eighth. Lannan's line: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K's, 1 HR, 86 pitches, 56 strikes, 14 groundouts, 1 flyout. Clippard retires the first two batters he faces then gives up a solo HR to left by Albert Pujols that clears the wall and lands in the Cards' bullpen. 4-3 Nats. Two-out walk to Matt Holliday, and there's a runner on for Lance Berkman. Clippard gets behind 2-0 but battles back to strike the veteran left-hander out with a 93 mph fastball upstairs!!

1. STOREN WARNING!!!: The Washington Nationals fail to add to their lead in the eight, so it will be up to the Nats' flat-brimmed closer Drew Storen to shut the Cards down in the ninth. 16 saves on the year for Storen so far. Yadier Molina starts the 9th with a solo HR. Blown save. Storen's second BS. Tied at 4-4. Drew Storen blows the save, and when Danny Espinosa throws wide of first on a grounder to second by Mark Hamilton, the Washington Nationals' streak of 131.0 errorless innings ends. 13 games without an E, but the Nats still have a chance for a walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth. Fernando Salas takes over on the mound for St. Louis. He should have two outs, but Alberto Pujols misplays a grounder to third by Ian Desmond. Runner on for Jayson Werth. Fly to center, just missed. Roger Bernadina K's swinging. 

0. FREE BASEBALL!!: Ryan Zimmerman's down 1-2 in the Nats' 10th after Sean Burnett battles through the top of the frame and the middle of the Cards' order. The Nats' FOF singles back up the middle to start the Nats' 10th. Laynce Nix K's swinging, and it's Michael Morse up with one on and one out. Morse gets hit. HBP. Two on, one out for Danny Espinosa. Fernando Salas throws a 2-1 change over the middle of the plate and Espinosa launches it! He know it's gone, all of Nats Park knows!! Walk-off three-run HR to right! Six straight wins for the Nats. Espinosa's 12th HR of 2011. The-uh-uh NATIONALS WIN! and sweep the St. Louis Cardinals out of Nats Park!!

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• Doghouse's Post Game WPA Graph: "Game 69: Lannan robbed again. Also, SWEEEEEEEP!":

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via www.fangraphs.com

  • Gatorade shower recipient: Danny Espinosa (+40.5%) is 3-5 with a 10th-inning, 3-run, walkoff bomb in true h3r0 fashion (+20.7%)--after having hit a go-ahead RBI single in the 4th (+12.7%).
  • He even had run support! John Lannan (+11.4%) allows on 2 ER over 7 innings... for a no-decision.
  • Vulture? ur doin it rong: Drew Storen (-21.2%) gives up a game-tying solo shot (-34.4%) to send the game to extras.
  • Don't call it a comeback: Sean Burnett (+13.2%) walks one and strikes out one to keep the game tied in the 10th.
  • MOAR D1NG3RZ!! Jayson Werth (+9.6%) leads off the first with solo shot (+10.3%), and Roger Bernadina (-1.7%) goes back-to-back with his own (+9.1%).  Laynce Nix (+6.4%) adds not-quite-enough insurance with a third solo shot in the 6th (+19.0%).

What do these graphs mean?

Nationals now 33-36.


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Danny Espinosa delivers walk-off HR, earns Gatorade shower

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(Danny Espinosa, moments after delivering a game winning, 3-run walk-off HR, moments before getting doused in Gatorade by Desmond and Bernadina. Screen grab of TV/MASN.)

Danny Walk-Off! Nats Sweep Cards!

Nationals 7, Cardinals 4: Winning streak alive and well at six, thanks to Danny ROY Espinosa

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Two on, one out in the 10th and Danny Espinosa crushes a changeup! DEEEEEEEEP TO RIGHT FOR THE…

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Two on, one out in the 10th and Danny Espinosa crushes a changeup! DEEEEEEEEP TO RIGHT FOR THE SWEEEEEEEPPP!!!! The Nationals win!! THE NATIONALS WIN!! Espinosa's 12th gives the Nats six-straight wins!! 7-4 final.

Nats now 33-36.

Post game report and Doghouse's post game WPA to follow...


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