Game 2 Recap: Gio Does it All in Nats Win
Gio Gonzalez came into Wednesday night's game for his first start of the season. He had a tough act to follow after Strasburg's scoreless opening day game, but he would deliver and even take it up another level.
Gio was able to go 6 innings, allowing no earned runs, picked up 5 K's and allowed only 2 hits. Gio allowed a walk to the Miami battery, Slowey and Olivo, but the walks would not doom the Nats in any way. Gio looked like he was having fun in tonight's game, such as when he picked up a ground ball to tag out Polanco, who stopped running and jokingly ran away from Gio. The trademark grin, was on full display when Slowey served up a hanging curve that Gio put a good swing on. The ball landed in the left field seats to give the Nats a 1 run lead and a fairly uncommon pitcher's home run.
Slowey wasn't all that bad for the Marlins either, going 5.1 innings, striking out 4 and allowing only the home run to Gio. He did walk 3 batters, but none of them came around to score.
With Ryan Webb on the mound, Danny Espinosa reached base on a fielding error by 2nd baseman Donovan Solano. Espinosa would then go to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt by Kurt Suzuki. Espinosa would go to 3rd on a wild pitch, then pinch hitter Chad Tracy drew a walk. Roger Bernadina came on to pinch run for Tracy, then Denard Span would hit a slow bouncer to Solano. In a truly bizarre moment, Solano and Bernadina collided and Bernadina was out, but Span beat out the throw and Espinosa scored an unearned run.
Bryce Harper doubled to lead off the bottom of the 8th, follow quickly by a single from Ryan Zimmerman. Bryce Harper with his patented hustle came home one Zim's single giving the Nats the 3-0 lead they would not relinquish.
Ryan Mattheus, Drew Storen, & Rafael Soriano all had a scoreless frame to lead the Nationals to their second consecutive shutout. Mattheus was able to dial up a nifty 4-6-3 double play and a stikeout in the 7th, while Storen picked up 2 flyballs and a K in the 8th. It got interesting for Soriano in the 9th, when he had 2 runners on with one out, but Polanco and Ruggiano would fly out to end the game and give Soriano his second save in as many games.