Gio Gonzalez gets the start today and will then hand the ball to Bronson Arroyo and Lucas Giolito. This gives us the opportunity to see the new mechanics of Gio and then to see what Arroyo has going on in his first real action returning from Tommy John. Lucas Giolito will get to face mostly non-starters by the time he takes the ball in the 5th inning.
The Nats travel roster has:
- Brendan Ryan SS
- Trea Turner 2B
LoanLogan Schafer CF
- Clint Robinson RF
- Michael A. Taylor LF
- Tyler Moore 1B
- Stephen Drew 3B
- Jose Lobaton C
- Brian Goodwin DH
There’s Gio and Gio Grande behind him with the bat and looking like that other #44 Adam Dunn! Gio and Giolito are both scheduled to pitch today. Yes, that is Papelbon in the golf cart playing “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey. Papelbon needs to get some music from his doppelganger and fellow Mississippi native Trent Harmon who is a finalist on the final season of American Idol.
There’s Bronson Arroyo with Gio (in front of Giolito). That would be 3 of your pitchers for today. According to Donna Klinger, Gio was actually singing in this picture. Yes, that is Papelbon in the golf cart who is blocked by Arroyo.
As expected, Dusty and Barry Bonds met pre-game. Certainly flashbacks to 2002 for them both.
Catching up with old friends, turned rivals. pic.twitter.com/r9US5bCOtj
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) March 4, 2016
Michael A. Taylor in his HR trot!
Gio was effective with his pitch count and made the most of pitch to contact.
Trea Turner stolen base!
Arroyo to a bunting Dee Gordon! Good inning by Arroyo.
3 run HR for Wilmer Difo!!!!
LUCAS GIOLITO!!! Strikes out the first batter he faces! Next up is Justin Maxwell and strikes him out! Next batter got on base via an error and Giolito strikes out the next batter. Basically got 4 outs that inning.