September 29, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki (24) hits a 2 run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the tenth inning at Busch Stadium. The Nationals defeated the Cardinals 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Nationals Top 10 Hits of 2012: #8 Kurt Suzuki

There were a lot of big hits this year for the Washington Nationals and there were a lot of big wins. This list is sorted by WPA which is Win Probability Added. It means that Jayson Werth‘s walk-off homerun in Game Four of the NLDS is not in the Top 10 because it was a tie game in the bottom of the inning meaning the swing of WPA was not big enough. This list is for games where Washington went from a low chance of winning to a high chance.

Next up is Number 8.

Kurt Suzuki: September 29 vs St. Louis

The situation: 4-4, Top 10, Runners on 2nd and 3rd
Pitcher: Fernando Salas

The result: +0.42

Suzuki wasn’t a National long, but with this double he gave the Nationals a win after they had blown the lead in the ninth inning. This could have clinched the division for the Nationals, but with the Atlanta Braves winning, that celebration was put on hold. This was also the game where Michael Morse had his grand slam overturned and is best known for his phantom swing and job around the bases. On a personal level, it was also one of the first games I was a member of DistrictOnDeck.

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