Despite a great outing through seven, Davey Johnson did not send Gio Gonzalez out in the eighth, a move that did not sit well with some of the folks watching at home.
The instant outrage on Twitter was obvious, and many were quick to hand Davey a scarlet ”O” for over managing.
There is no reason why Davey Johnson shouldn't send Gio Gonzalez out to pitch the 8th. 87 pitchs through 7. He's not Strasburg. #LetHimWork— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) July 25, 2012
Look Davey Johnson!? Look at what just happened!?WHY IN THE HELL DID YOU PULL GIO!?He could of easily gone 1 more inning!— Andrew Phelps (@djdrew05) July 25, 2012
Good job Davey. Good effort. Horrible use of your bullpen recently. Gio out after only 87 pitches. Give the pen a ressportsyapper.com/yapp/134317910…— HoldenKushner (@Holdenradio) July 25, 2012
Davey loves using his pen smh. No need for Gio to be taken out. I don't understand why he's afraid to let his pitchers go deep in games.— PG (@LarryT20) July 25, 2012
Why Davey took out Gio after 7great innings and only 87 pitches is just baffling. Why tax the 'pen!? #Nats— Free Will (@WillFacc) July 25, 2012
Shoulda let Gio keep pitching, Davey!! #nats— Medley (@Medley) July 25, 2012
Gio out of no reason. Davey is out of his mind #nats— Graham Brock (@G_Brock) July 25, 2012
Davey had no business pulling Gio. And the bullpen promptly gives up a homerun. #Nats— Danny Caton (@DanDaMan8200) July 25, 2012
Davey is such an idiot for pulling Gio— Scott Eastment (@Sc0ttieDoesntNO) July 25, 2012
Hasn't pulling starters early bitten you enough Davey? Gio deserved to finish this game. Bad move #Nats— Peter Eramo, Jr. (@wordguy30) July 25, 2012
After the game, Johnson explained that he saw an opportunity to tack on some runs, so he pulled Gio for pinch hitter Tyler Moore. But it wasn’t without a conscience.
“I felt bad in the eighth inning when I pinch hit for him, because he was going back out there,” Davey said.
Now, does everyone feel better?
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TWEET OF THE NIGHT
Help the man out...
Can someone attending the Redskins camp bring a cooler full of Strawberry Kiwi Capri Sun!? It will be greatly appreciated #HTTR— Niles Paul (@Niles_Paul84) July 24, 2012
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Davey Johnson on Gio’s performance last night:
“They roughed him up over at our place, but he pitched a masterpiece. He was dominant from the first pitch on. He had something to prove, and he was going to prove it.”
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
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12:00 p.m. Nats at Mets, MASN. 7 p.m. Rays at Orioles, MASN. All TV/Radio listings are here.
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