Game #62: Too Little, Too Late
Friday night was something of a mixed bag for the power lefty Gio Gonzalez. He would get 1-2-3 innings and lots of strike outs, but he would throw a lot of pitches in the Nationals 7-2 loss to the Yankees. Phil Hughes was on his game, pitching very well for the Yankees. Ultimately, the Yankees offense would explode and the Nationals could only muster 2 runs on the night.
Gio Gonzalez started tonight's game 8 wins and 2 losses, with his most recent win coming against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Gio threw a lot of pitches early in that game against the Red Sox, and he would do the same thing Friday night. Through 5 innings, Gio had already amounted 91 pitches and was not in the best position to go very deep into the game. In the 3rd inning, Gio had allowed a 1 out double to Derek Jeter and a walk to Mark Teixeira. Then, Alex Rodriguez came to the plate and would squirt a single under a diving Ryan Zimmerman that would score Jeter. Immediately afterward, Nick Swisher singled to score Mark Teixeira. The Nationals would catch a break though when Alex Rodriguez would take too big a lead off 2nd and he would be tagged out on a strange baserunning play. Gio would turn it around a bit by having a 1-2-3 4th, a quick 5th, and another quick 6th inning. Gio had 107 pitches thrown by the time he stepped on the mound for the 7th inning. Gio faced 1 batter, Andruw Jones, in the 7th. After Jones picked up a single that flew under Zim's glove and past Desmond. Gio's final line was 6 Innings Pitched, 3 Runs on 5 Hits, 2 Walks and 8 Strike Outs.
Brad Lidge was not very good when he took the hill on Friday night. Lidge has not been of the disabled list for very long, but he struggled to get outs against the Yankees. Brad Lidge faced 4 batters in the 7th inning and record 1 out. Lidge allowed 2 walks and a hit and would give up 3 runs to allow the Yankees to break the game open.
Phil Hughes, on the other hand, pitched a pretty good baseball game for the Yankees tonight and did not have to fight too hard after the Yankees broke the game open. In this game, the Nationals were able to muster only one run against Hughes. Hughes would work out of a few jams and pick up quite a few Strike Outs to keep the Nationals at bay. In the end, Phil Hughes would pitch 6 Innings, allow 1 Run on 6 Hits, Walk 2 and Strike Out 9.
In the 9th inning, Tom Gorzelanny allowed a solo Home Run to Curtis Granderson to make the score 7-1 in favor of the Yankees. In the bottom half of the inning, Morse lead off with a double and would go to 3rd base on a groundout by Ian Desmond. Morse would then score when Danny Espinosa grounded out. Jesus Flores would pick up a single to keep the inning alive, but Rick Ankiel would strike out to end the game.
Friday night's loss ends the Nationals winning streak at 6 and pushes the Yankees winning streak to 7 games. Saturday features Andy Pettitte to the hill for the Yankees and Jordan Zimmermann to the hill for the Nationals.