Handing out labels following the Nats’ fantastic 2-1 walk-off victory …
Jayson Werth — His six-minute, 13-pitch at-bat resulting in a walk-off HR to force Game 5 erased two years of being one of the most overpaid players in baseball, and it may have been the best moment in D.C. pro sports since Super Bowl XXVI. So, yeah … winner.
Ross Detwiler — That was a big-time performance (6 IP, 1 R, 0 ER 3 H, 3 BB, 2 K), especially considering it was an elimination game for the Nats and he was taking Strasburg’s spot in the rotation.
Adam LaRoche — Went deep in the the second to go up 1-0. Also walked later in the game, which is worth mentioning, because the Nats only put three men on base (not counting home runs) and never had an AB with RISP.
Jordan Zimmermann, Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen — Threw a scoreless seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively, striking out eight straight in the process. ZNN (and his 97-MPH fastball) was the best of best bunch.
Mark DeRosa — He recited Teddy Roosevelt’s “The Man in the Arena” in the clubhouse before the game. Go ahead and read that and come back once the goosebumps subside.
Bryce Harper — Went 0-for-3 at the dish (batting .056 on the series) and sailed the cut-off man on a no-chance throw to the plate, despite today’s extra special piece of flair: old-school knee-high stirrups!
Mike Morse, Danny Espinosa and Kurt Suzuki — Went a combined 0-for-9. Along with Harper, they’re just killing the lineup.
Ian Desmond — Booted John Jay’s grounder in the third, leading to the Cards’ only run. Later made a great play to end the ninth to preserve the tie.