Without seeing it with our own eyes, it sure sounds like Gio Gonzalez had a rough rehab start tonight in Woodbridge for the Potomac Nationals. But really all that matters is how his shoulder feels tomorrow, right?
Gio done after 65 pitches (34 strikes) over 3.2 innings. Gives up 8 runs on 7 H, 4 BB & 1 HBP. Still got a standing ovation as he walked off
Still got a standing ovation; and a crappy night didn't stop fans from mobbing Gio for autographs on his way out of the Pfitz, as seen in the photo above by @RTHormeyer. Gio's somewhere in the middle of that crowd.
In case you needed another reminder that the results weren't very good:
Oh sure, Doug Fister (7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 93 pitches-63 strikes) was impressive again in winning his fourth straight start yesterday (Nationals 4, Phillies 2). But even more impressive? How about Fister doing full splits on a stretch while covering first base to *almost* complete a double play on a Ryan Howard grounder in the first inning? MLB.com/MASN video above.
Raise your right arm if you're from Las Vegas, were a teammate of Bryce Harper in high school, played at UNLV for Tim Chambers (who coached Bryce Harper during his "college year" for College of Southern Nevada), and are a client of Scott Boras.
Here's video of Stephen Strasburg's 11 strikeouts in seven innings in last night's 8-4 Nationals win over the Phillies. Go ahead, watch 'em all. Stras (7 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 11 K, 109 pitches-79 strikes) even joined in on the Nats 8 run, 11 hit, pummeling of the Phillies with a single and RBI of his own (video here).
Up above, Zim's 1965 Topps baseball card, in which he sports a Curly W and appears to have smelt a bad fart. Or maybe that was just the stench of the '65 Senators (who finished the season 70-92) wafting in the breeze.