Washington won its fourth straight game on Tuesday night, beating the San Francisco Giants, 4-2, but the dugout tiff between Nationals' starter Gio Gonzalez and Nats' right fielder Jayson Werth was the first topic of discussion in manager Davey Johnson's post game press conference. Gio Gonzalez had runners on first and second in the top of the first inning when he got a grounder to first from Buster Posey, but after Adam LaRoche fielded it and got a force at second, no one was home at first as Gio Gonzalez was slow getting over to the bag. The Nats' lefty got the final out of the frame without further damage, but apparently his teammate had something to say about the play.
"Oh, just a little camaraderie going on," Johnson joked, euphemistically referring to the argument his players had in the home team dugout. Of course it was captured on camera and gif'd almost immediately, and was making its way around the internet almost as soon as it happened. "Jayson sometimes can get a little vocal," the 70-year-old skipper explained. "He thought that Gio was a little late covering first, and he was. But he falls toward third and with a bad back and falling toward third, you know, you get over there."
Gonzalez's back issue didn't seem to be too much of a concern. "He had a real tight back," Johnson said, "I think it happened on a swing in his previous start. You know, he swings for the fences. And I think he kind of wrenched it a little bit, but he still threw the ball good for somebody way under the weather." Gonzalez's start ended after just four innings, when rain delayed the game for over an hour. The left-hander wanted to come back out, but with the back issue and the long wait, Johnson explained, it wasn't happening.
Gonzalez ended up with: 4.0 IP, 4 H. 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 Ks, 69 P, 41 S.
Wrapping up the talk of the argument, Johnson said, "Spirits are high. I like it. It's no big deal."
Here's what came out of the clubhouse on the argument:
Davey says Werth barked at Gio for not covering first. Gio says whatever was said stays between him and Werth. Werth declined comment.— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) August 14, 2013
The Nats' manager wasn't worried about making Gio Gonzalez making his next start, but he did say the Nationals would be without their starting catcher for at least tomorrow's game. Wilson Ramos injured his hamstring for the third time this season while running out a run scoring groundout that bounced off Giants' starter Madison Bumgarner on the mound.
"He re-injured [his hamstring], not too bad, but it's the third time on that same left hamstring," Johnson said, "so obviously they think he might be day-to-day... but we'll have to see. I doubt if he's available tomorrow."
Ramos received treatment for the injury, but as Johnson noted it's the the third time this season Ramos has had a hamstring injury. "We're a little concerned about it," he said, "but Dr. Wiemi [Douoghui] didn't think it was bad. [Head Trainer] Lee Kuntz said he would be day-to-day, so that's hopefully good news. We'll know more tomorrow."