Up above, video of Gio Gonzalez flipping out in the dugout after giving up seven runs in the first two innings of Sunday's start in Oakland (final line: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 HR). Ugly. Gio had to be restrained several times by coaches and appeared to be jawing at a specific teammate (Rendon?) or teammates. Or...Ian Desmond? Via MASNSports.com, Jose Lobaton said it was Desmond:
Lobaton indicated the player Gonzalez was yelling at was shortstop Ian Desmond. Neither Gonzalez nor Desmond offered comment.
"Nothing happened," Gonzalez said.
Said Desmond: "I think I missed that."
But Lobaton spoke at greater length even though he didn't include many specifics.
"...Desi was upset with that, with the fly ball I think, but there's nothing we can do after."
And here's Matt Williams addressing the incident during his postgame press conference on MASN (video here):
"Well, sometimes wtihin the confines of a team, they're all competing out there, it's just competition. We're not going to go any further than that with it. That's the team's business, for nobody else. But everybody wants to do well, and everybody wants to win, and hopefully we'll start that tomorrow..he's frustrated, we're all frustrated."
And so, Sunday's 9-1 debacle provided a miserable end to an ugly series sweep in Oakland that featured Doug Fister pulling a Dan Haren on Friday night, Rafael Soriano imploding in the 9th on Saturday night while inexplicably cutting off a throw to the plate allowing the tying run to score, and Adam LaRoche landing on the DL.
Nats fall to 19-18, and The Good Ship Matt Williams appears to be taking on water...