Saturday Links and Notes: Den Dekker Delivers

The Washington Nationals defeated the Atlanta Braves in 10 by a score of 5-3. The Braves led the game 2-1 entering the 9th, when a leadoff double and sacrifice bunt set the stage with two outs for former Met Matt den Dekker. Den Dekker singled, scoring Yunel Escobar, and tying the game at two. After back-to-back singles in the tenth, pinch hitter Michael A. Taylor hit a walk-off three-run home run to end it. The Nationals gain a game on the Mets and are now 5 out. This hands Atlanta their 10th straight loss and 17th in their last 18 games. Bright spot Shelby Miller goes for Atlanta tonight against Gio Gonzalez.

Elsewhere around MLB, the Yankees picked up a game on Toronto, and are only half a game back in the division. The Dodgers also picked up another game on the Giants, lessening the Giants’ postseason hopes. See yesterday’s scores here.

Links and Notes from around MLB:

Ken Rosenthal and Rob Neyer offer their opinions on the Harvey-Alderson-Boras innings drama. Original Story here.

Buster Olney of ESPN examines how left hand batters may be at a disadvantage in terms of called strikes.

Fangraphs looks at Ruben Tejada‘s inside-the-park home run from Wednesday night.

Vice looks at a scandal involving the St. Louis police department and 2006 World Series tickets.

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