Gio gave up 6 runs over 3 innings and pulled. The offense clawed back to make it close.: Postgame

The Nats losing streak is now at 7 in a row and the longest losing streak since 2009 for the Nats. The game seemed out of reach early as Gio Gonzalez gave up 6 runs and was pulled after the 3rd inning. Gio was fortunate when he departed at a score of 6-1 as Werth threw out Villar at home—it could have been worse. It was the 7th poor outing in a row for Gio Gonzalez (all team losses) and Gio’s ERA shot up to 4.73.

The Nationals relievers were perfect on the day after taking over for Gio Gonzalez from the 4th inning on.

The Nats offense battled all day to get back into the game, and besides the 2 hits with runners in scoring position by Wilson Ramos, the team was 0-7 in all the other RISP spots. The Nats produced runs from outs on Sacrifice Flies which totaled 3, but Ryan Zimmerman came up again in a key spot with bases loaded and 1 out and hit it well to the warning track for a sacrifice fly. No position players had strikeouts today which was a key in getting back into the game.

The Nationals defense was excellent with 2 runners cut-down at the plate with outfield assists to Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper.

Nats lose 6-5.

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For the jolt of reality, when is Mike Rizzo going to make a move? How long can you stick with Gio Gonzalez? How long can Dusty stay with O-fers in the leadoff spot? How long can you go hitless in RISP spots from your 1st baseman? This is what the fanbase wants to know.

Bill Ladson asked Dusty Baker in the postgame presser if Gio had anything wrong physically and Dusty said he did not and expected Gio as of now to make his next start.

In new news, Stephen Strasburg will not pitch tomorrow as he still has soreness. Per Kolko, Tanner Roark will take his place and will be on normal rest due to the day-off on Thursday which allowed this. It is possible that Strasburg goes on the 15-day DL which would get back-dated.

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