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Nationals 8, Brewers 3

W: Craig Stammen (4-6)
L: Manny Parra (8-10)

HR: Alcides Escobar (1), Cristian Guzman (6), Adam Dunn (33), Ryan Zimmerman (26)

MVP: Hernan Iribarren (+.013)
LVP: Manny Parra (-.370 pitching, +.022 hitting for -.348 overall)

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Yes, you're reading that right - Hernan Iribarren, who went 1-for-1 with a pinch hit double, was today's most valuable Brewer with slightly more than a hundredth of WPA.

The Brewer defense buried Manny Parra in a hole early in this game, allowing three unearned runs in the first on two errors. After that, though, Parra allowed earned runs in the second, third and fourth innings, allowing eight total (five earned) on eight hits and a walk in just 3.1 innings. Carlos Villanueva came in and saved the bullpen from a very long day, pitching 2.2 scoreless innings in mop up duty, but the damage had been done.

Alcides Escobar hit his first career home run in the fifth inning, and shortly afterwards Ryan Braun picked up his first career ejection, getting the quick hook after slamming his helmet to the ground in frustration after being called out on a close play at first.

The Brewers managed just six hits in the game, one each from Escobar, Iribarren, Parra, Braun, Jody Gerut and Felipe Lopez, and just two walks.