Gio Gonzalez gave up his second run of the Spring in the fourth inning of today’s Grapefruit League game against the Atlanta Braves.
Tyler Flowers took Gonzalez deep, connecting for a solo shot to center field, but it was the only run Gonzalez allowed in 4 1⁄3 IP in what ended up a 3-1 Nationals’ win in West Palm Beach when Pedro Severino and Clint Robinson drove in runs in the bottom of the seventh to break up what was a 1-1 tie to that point.
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Here’s how it happened:
• Gio Gonzalez didn't seem to like home plate ump Mike Estabrook's strike zone early in this afternoon’s game, but he worked around a leadoff walk, one-out HBP and single in a 21-pitch first as the Braves wasted a bases-loaded opportunity.
Gonzalez retired the side in order in a 13-pitch second, and followed that up with a 1-2-3 third, giving him eight straight batters set down and three scoreless overall.
His streak of retired batters and shutout bid ended there, however, when Tyler Flowers led off the fourth with a solo shot to center that tied things up at 1-1.
Gonzalez worked around a two-out single by Matt Tuiasosopo to finish four innings on 71 pitches.
One out into the fifth, Gonzalez was lifted from the game after throwing a total of 76 pitches.
Gio Gonzalez’s Line: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 Ks, 1 HR, 76 P, 8/1 GO/FO.
• Ryan Zimmerman improved to 9 for 13 in his last six games with a leadoff, infield single in the Nationals’ second, and he took third on a Stephen Drew double before scoring on a sac fly to right by Wilmer Difo.
A one-out single in the fourth made it 10 for Zim’s last 14 and 10 for 31 over 15 games this Spring.
• Matt Albers finished off the fifth after taking over for Gio Gonzalez, retiring the only two batters he faced.
• Adam Lind and Adam Eaton hit-back-to-back, one-out singles in the Nationals’ half of the fifth, loading the bases after Emmanuel Burriss started the frame with a hit.
• Enny Romero returned from an impressive run with the Dominican Republic in the WBC with a scoreless, 13-pitch sixth in which he worked around a two-out double. (Fastball - 96, slider - 91, curve - 81 acc to Braves’ announce team).
• Shawn Kelley struck out two batters in a scoreless seventh inning. Still 1-1.
• Emmanuel Burriss and Pedro Severino hit back-to-back, one-out doubles off Braves’ righty Chaz Roe in the home-half of the seventh, with Severino’s driving in the tie-breaking run, 2-1, and Clint Robinson followed with an RBI single that put the Nats up by two, 3-1.
• Sammy Solis struck out the side around a one-out walk for a scoreless eighth inning.
• Rafael Martin worked a scoreless ninth to end it.
Final Score: 3-1 Nationals.