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Game Seventy-Two: Nationals 4, Indians 1

Box Score
Win Probability Added @ Fangraphs

Highest WPA:

Jhonny Peralta .119
Victor Martinez .101
Franklin Gutierrez .031

Lowest WPA:

Travis Hafner -.226
Grady Sizemore -.130
Fausto Carmona (as hitter) -.092

Ugly, ugly game. Sure, the Indians forced Micah Bowie out of the game before he could get out of the fifth, but they couldn't score off the next six National relievers. After Bowie left, the Indians got three hits the rest of the game.

The turning point of the game was when the Indians loaded the bases in the fifth with one out. Eric Wedge rolled the dice and pinch-hit Travis Hafner for Ryan Garko, going on the assumption that this might be the best place to use him all game. He was right, but Hafner grounded into a double play, ending the inning and essentially the Indians' offense for the evening.

Fausto Carmona was decent; he kept the Indians in the game, but this was one of his poorer outings of the season. His pitches would often stay at the same level, breaking horizontally instead of vertically. But, to give Fausto credit, he didn't melt down even in some difficult spots, and got through six innings. Given what he's gone through in his short career, second-third and one out probably seemed rather pedestrian to him.

Question: if you give up a home run to Cristian Guzman in RFK, should it just count as one earned run?

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