Longest game of the year goes the Nationals' way; Brewers lose 4-2

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This game took forever, but I got a good long nap in between the 6th and 14th innings.

Winning Pitcher: Tyler Clippard

Losing Pitcher: Mike Fiers

SV: Rafael Soriano

HR: Anthony Rendon (12)

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Win Expectancy Chart

The game did not start out well for Yovani Gallardo. Denard Span led off with a bloop single. Then Anthony Rendon hit a soft grounder to third base. Instead of charging the ball Aramis Ramirez let it roll to him. I'm not sure exactly what he was thinking. Perhaps he thought it would get to him faster and he'd be able to tag Span who was advancing to third after stealing second base earlier. Whatever he was thinking, it didn't work and runners were at the corners for Jayson Werth who was able to drive in a run on a fielder's choice. Gallardo bounced back after that getting Adam Laroche and Ryan Zimmermann to strike out looking. All things considered, getting out of that inning with only the 1 run was a good outcome.

Jordan Zimmermann was perfect through 3.1 innings before giving up a single to Ryan Braun. He took off on contact and was able to advance to third base on Jonathan Lucroy's grounder through the middle. Carlos Gomez drew a walk to load the bases for Ramirez who popped up to the infield for the second out. Khris Davis then struck out on 3 pitches.

In the fifth inning Mark Reynolds lined a single and Jean Segura reached safely on a bunt hit. Gallardo was able to bunt the runners over for Scooter Gennett who struck out. Ryan Braun did not. In fact, he drove in 2 runs with a sharp grounder through the left side of the infield. Lucroy grounded out, but the Brewers took a 2-1 lead.

The Nationals would threaten here and there but Gallardo did not allow another run after the first inning. He exited after 6 complete having allowed 2 walks, 5 strike outs, and only 4 hits.

Rob Wooten cruised through the seventh inning going 1-2-3 with 2 strikeouts.

Unfortunately, Will Smith did not cruise through the eighth inning. After getting Denard Span to ground out, he gave up a solo home run to Anthony Rendon to tie the game. That's all he'd give up though.

Francisco Rodriguez cruised through the ninth inning going 1-2-3 with 2 strikeouts.

Zach Duke cruised through the tenth and eleventh innings facing only 1 over the minimum with 2 strikeouts and no walks.

Tom Gorzelanny cruised through the twelfth inning going 1-2-3 with 1 strikeout. It seemed as though the idea when RRR put Gorzelanny in was to have him go multiple innings, but for some reason he did not come out for a second. It wasn't said why, but it's possible he hurt himself. Though that's just a guess at this point.

Mike Fiers cruised through the thirteenth inning going 1-2-3 with 1 strikeout. He didn't exactly cruise through the fourteenth inning, but he didn't give up a run either. He then pitched a 1-2-3 fifteenth inning with 1 strikeout. The scoreless streak would end in the sixteenth after a 2-run home run from Ryan Zimmermann. It really sucked.

Brewers couldn't rally and drop the second game in a row to the Nationals. They're back at it tomorrow to try and salvage one game against the toughest pitcher they've faced all season: Stephen Strasburg. Start time is 1:10 pm CT. The game will not be televised.

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