A see interior the Nationals' wild 16-inning walk-off win over the Twins

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Source:   —  April 25, 2016, at 6:12 AM

MN blew two leads -- including one in the fifteenth inning -- to fall to five-14 on the season. The Nationals improved to 14-4 with the 16-inning walk-off win (WAS six, MINUTE 5).

A see interior the Nationals' wild 16-inning walk-off win over the Twins

Sun afternoon, the Nationals and Twins played the wildest game of the two thousand sixteen season to date. MN blew two leads -- including one in the fifteenth inning -- to fall to five-14 on the season. The Nationals improved to 14-four with the 16-inning walk-off win (WAS six, MIN five&#forty-one;.

To obtain an idea just how crazy this game actually was, let'south see at the win probability graph, via FanGraphs:


Source: FanGraphs

In a nutshell, win probability tells you each team'south chances of winning at any point in the game based on historical data. The Twins had a 92.eight % chance to win in the eighth, an 84.four % chance to win in the ninth, a 95.six % chance to win in the fifteenth, and yet they still lost. Incredible. Let'south recap the craziness.

one. Harper sits, den Dekker hits.

For the first time this season, Nationals skipper Dusty Baker gave reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper a day off. His replacement in right field, Matt den Dekker, made love Harper with a first inning solo residence running against Tyler Duffey. Here'south the video:

Beautiful excellent season for Washington'south right fielders so far, I'd say. They weren't done following den Dekker'south blast either. They were just getting started, in fact.

two. Dozier ruins Strasburg's gem.

Stephen Strasburg has had an incredible start to the two thousand sixteen season following his disappointing two thousand fifteen campaign. The right-hander came into Sunday'south start three-0 with a one.25 ERA (348 ERA+) and twenty-one strikeouts in twenty-first two/three innings.

Strasburg was once again outstanding Sunday, at minimum up until the eighth inning. He held the Twins to one running on four hits and number walks in the first seven innings, striking out nine. Things unraveled in the eighth. Here'south the play-by-play:

That'south rough. A single, an infield single, then a three-run bomb. In the span of three batters, Strasburg went from one running on four hits to four runs on seven hits. Rough.

Here is the video of Brian Dozier'south go-ahead three-run residence run:

It should be well-known that was an eight-pitch at-bat. Both Strasburg and Dozier really battled. Dozier won and gave the Twins a 4-1 lead in the eighth.

Strasburg struck out ten in seventh 1/three innings and threw one hundred fourteen pitches overall Sunday. He latest threw one hundred fourteen pitches in May two thousand fourteen. His season high latest year was one hundred thirteen pitches in June. Otherwise Strasburg never threw over one hundred nine pitches in 2015.

three. Ramos cuts the deficit to one.

The Nationals answered right back following Dozier'south residence run. Anthony Rendon led off the bottom of the eighth with a single, Jayson Werth followed with a double, then Wilson Ramos shot a two-run double into the left-center field gap. That slice Minnesota'south lead to 4-3.

Ramos doubled against right-hander Trevor May, who was ahead in the count 0-two. Coming into Sun hitters were 1-for-ten with six strikeouts against May after he got ahead 0-2. He didn't even create a horrible pitch to Ramos:

Surely May would've liked to bury that breaking ball a small further down, maybe even bounce it in the dirt, keep Ramos still really had to reach out to hook that ball into the gap. Not a terrible error pitch. Just a kind piece of defend hitting by the Washington catcher.

4. Harper ties it.

Harper wasn't in Sunday'south starting lineup, but he still managed to create an impact. With the Nats still trailing 4-3, Harper pinch-hit for Michael Taylor leading off the ninth, and he swatted a game-tying solo home run. Check it out:

That kid is pretty, beautiful good. Harper currently leads baseball with nine residence runs and twenty-three RBI on the season. Believe it or not, he didn't stay in the game after the blast. Baker was committed to giving him the day to rest, so Harper didn't get the field after the homer. One at-bat and he was done.

5. Petit goes long out of the bullpen.

Over the latest few seasons veteran right-hander Yusmeiro Petit has been one of the sturdiest long relievers in baseball. The Nationals signed him as a free agent over the winter for games just love this one.

Petit took over in the top of the eleventh and threw seventy-seven pitches across 4 2/3 innings. He struck out the side in the eleventh and stranded runners on the corners in the twelfth before retiring the side in order in the thirteenth and fourteenth. What more could you ask from the long man?

6. The Twins get the lead, again.

The Twins finally broke through in the fifteenth inning, when Petit was noticeably fatigued. After two fast outs, Eduardo Nunez singled and Dozier walked to keep two on for Miguel Sano, who was 0-for-6 on the afternoon at that point. He managed to yank a seeing eye ground ball single through the infield to give the Twins a 5-4 lead.

That'south a tough break. Sano is known for his prodigious residence runs, but sometimes all you necessity is a small ground ball single. After fifteen innings of baseball, MN once again had the lead.

seven. The Nationals tie the game, again.

The destitute Twins couldn't obtain out of their own way. Left-hander Ryan O'Rourke, who retired ten of the first twelve men he faced, walked Danny Espinosa on four pitches with two outs in the bottom of the fifteenth. Espinosa quickly stole second to keep himself in scoring position. That opened the door for The Nats.

Because Baker had used up his all bench, relief pitcher Oliver Perez had to bat for himself with Espinosa on second base. WA was down to their latest out and they'd a reliever at the plate. Not ideal! Perez tried a astonishment attack and laid down a bunt. Hilarity ensued.

That ... that wasn't smart, John Ryan Murphy. The youthful Twins catcher picked up the ball and wildly threw to first even though it sure looked love the bunt was about to roll foul. Murphy made things worse by rushing the toss even though a reliever was running. Yikes.

Love I said, the destitute Twins can't obtain out of their own way. A four-pitch walk kept the Nationals alive, then the mistake allowed them to tie things up. WA had two outs and the bases empty, yet Espinosa and Perez managed to tie the game despite hitting the ball roughly 10 feet combined.

8. Heisey wins it in the 16th.

One inning after the Nationals tied the game, Chris Heisey won it with a walk-off dinger. It was a hanging breaking ball from right-hander Michael Tonkin, and it'd the excellent see off the bat, if you know what I mean. Here'south the video:

The Nationals got three residence runs from three different right fielders Sunday. Den Dekker hit his solo homer in the first inning, Harper tied it in the ninth inning, then Heisey won it in the fifteenth inning. Well, technically Harper was the middle fielder at the time, but he'south their normal right fielder, so I'm counting it.

Jonathan Papelbon, what did you think of the game?

Yep, that about sums this crazy game up.

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