The Nationals lost 7-3 today with six runs charged to the ledger of Gio Gonzalez in just 4 1/3 innings of work for Gonzalez who did not execute many pitches today.
The Nats offense started off great with another lead-off home run from Trea Turner, and Turner got 3 of the 6 hits from the Nats starters today. With bases loaded in the 2nd inning and 2 outs, Turner struck out. Jayson Werth was 0-5 with 3 strikeouts, and Daniel Murphy did have one hit today, but his at-bat in 7th inning where he refused to work a walk with one out in a 3-0 count and Turner on 3rd base snuffed out a chance at a rally as he popped up on the infield on the 3-0 pitch in a 6-3 game. In addition, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon were both hitless on the day. Zimmerman and Espinosa chipped in with base hits. Ben Revere was credited with a pinch-hit infield single.
Both Trevor Gott and Koda Glover were shaky today in relief as Gott gave up a hit and walked a run home in bases loaded and Glover’s velo was down and he wasn’t particularly sharp. Sean Burnett continues to look great against lefties who are now 1-10 against him.
For the other positive news, Trea Turner hit two home runs for a 3-4 day plus a walk and a stolen base, and Turner had the only RISP hit on the day for the Nats. Turner leading-off games is now batting .471 with a .491 on-base-percentage. It basically gives Jayson Werth the ability to face a pitcher out of the stretch 1 out of every 2 games in the 1st inning. Turner now has 11 home runs and 27 stolen bases.
Turner ranks 9th in the Majors in stolen bases now, and with 23 net stolen bases and his 11 home runs, Turner is only 1 of 5 players with those stats or better.
Tomorrow is scheduled as a Joe Ross start.