The Atlanta Braves have lost six in a row, putting the Washington Nationals in prime position to leapfrog them in the standings behind a solid performance by left-hander Gio Gonzalez, who gave the Nats another solid start.
The line on @GioGonzalez47: 7.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 4, 2014
Gio’s chang-eup was extremely effective. He threw it 17 times – 14 for strikes – with one strikeout and just three balls in play. But instead of capitalizing, the Nats would fall to the Phillies 1-0 and waste one of Gio’s best outings of the year:
“It happens,” said Gonzalez after taking the loss. “It’s baseball. Can’t do anything about it.”
It was also the third defeat after a starter has given the team a quality start (six or more innings pitched with three or fewer earned runs allowed):
|Tanner Roark||4/21/2014||L 2-4||6||7||0||0||2||5|
|Jordan Zimmermann||4/24/2014||L 3-4||6||5||3||3||1||5|
|Gio Gonzalez||5/4/2014||L 0-1||7||4||1||1||2||7|
Squandering quality starts is never a good thing, and the Nationals are barely average at getting those type of outings from their starters.
“Today wasn’t our day,” Nats Manager Matt Williams said.