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Nats Squander Gem From Gio in 1-0 Loss to Phillies

Gio Gonzalez went deep into the game, but unfortunately the Nationals could not put any runs on the board in a frustrating 1-0 loss to the Phillies in the final game of their three game series.

The Nats got all they could ask for from Gio today. The crafty-lefty pitched 7 and 1/3 innings and allowed only one run on four hits.  The loss moves Gonzalez to 3-2 on the year with a stellar 2.91 ERA. Hopefully the team will be able to provide him with more run support in the future.

In traditional ‘National’s starter’ fashion, however, Gio ran into trouble in the first inning and gave up the only run of the game.  After a Ben Revere ground out to start the game, Jimmy Rollins ripped a triple to left.  Chase Utley then singled sharply to center to score Rollins. Anthony Rendon made a nice play on a Marlon Byrd pop-up and was able to double up Utley at first to end the inning, but the damage had been done.

The Nationals threatened throughout the game, but could not cash in on their opportunities.  The team was 0-7 with runners in scoring position. Specifically, Anthony Rendon had a tough day. In the third and in the eighth, Rendon struck out with a runner on third. In the ninth, with Sandy Leon on first, pinch-hitter Zach Walters came with 20 ft of hitting a home run. Unfortunately, the wind blew it foul and Walters struck out to end the game.

The Nationals (17-14) will face the LA Dodgers (18-14) tomorrow evening at home for the start of a three game series.

Notes:

  • Nate McLouth made a great catch in the bottom of the sixth to rob Jimmy Rollins of a hit. Unfortunately he is hitting an abysmal .091 on the year.
  • Denard Span did a solid job in the leadoff spot today with two hits. Span was in scoring position throughout the game.

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