Nat Gio Strikes Again In Another Low-Scoring Curly W

In Tuesday’s game against the Houston Astros, the Washington Nationals continued their season trend: absurdly good pitching combined with very little offense.  And once again, the Cardiac Kids found a way to squeeze out another 1-0 win with the help of K Street.

Gio Gonzalez was the obvious story of Tuesday’s game.  He threw seven innings of two-hit baseball and didn’t surrender any runs.  He struck out eight and walked just two.  It looks like Gonzalez’s dominant fastball and devastating curve are as good as ever, and despite concerns of past control issues, he’s been able to keep the strikeout count high and the walks low.  He was able to get through seven innings on just 91 pitches, 57 of them were strikes, to earn his first win as a Nationals starter.

Some Thoughts:

- Jayson Werth has been really good this year, and somehow he’s done it quietly.  With Ian Desmond and Adam LaRoche getting off to fast starts, the $126 million man has somehow ended up in the background.  He’s currently in the midst of a nine-game hitting streak and went 2-for-3, scored a run, and raised is batting average to a ludicrous .362.  It’s all quite the bounce back from a rough 2011 campaign.

- Somehow, the Nats team pitching ERA has gone down even further.  They now sport a 1.91 ERA, which is by far the best in the Majors.  They also lead the majors in strikeouts with 117, give up an incredibly low 0.2 HR/9, and opponents are hitting a MLB-low .191 against them.

- Ryan Zimmerman went 1-for-3 on Tuesday, but he still hasn’t hit a home run.  Neither has Jayson Werth for that matter.  Both Zimmerman and Werth are 20-25 home run guys, and it seems weird that neither has hit a home run yet.  When they do, look for the homers to come in droves.

- Brad Lidge earned the save on Tuesday with a Brad Lidge Special.  He allowed the first two hitters to reach base in the ninth in a one-run game, and he some how stranded both to give the Gio Gonzalez his first win of the year.  Facing a more prodigious lineup might have given Lidge more trouble, but all is well that ends in a Curly W.

Joe Drugan

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