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Washington Nationals' left-hander Gio Gonzalez dodged and ducked danger over 5.2 innings, earning his 16th victory of the season in the Nats' 5-2 win over the New York Mets on Sunday.
This was a night the Washington Nationals needed. Their beaten and beleaguered bullpen arms could only take so much. The extra-inning games, the one-run contests, the grueling stretch of schedule, it was all catching up with them.
The question was not how many body blows could the Washington Nationals' pitchers take before they simply collapsed. It was how many would the Milwaukee Brewers throw at them on a sunny Sunday afternoon before the Nationals' offense finally made good on their early-season promises that one day the pitching wouldn't have to carry them.
F.P. Santangelo is the fourth MASN analyst to dissect the Washington Nationals' ups and downs alongside Bob Carpenter. Arguably, he is the best — and the biggest jabberwocky.
Nine miles from Marlins Park is the working-class town of Hialeah where Gio Gonzalez grew up. So deep is the connection that the town's name is embroidered on his glove.
They were playing with teammates, some of whom they'd never met. Sitting in places they rarely frequented.
Everything about the way Edwin Jackson goes about his business is relaxed, reserved and with a come-what-may attitude. Questions are answered with a "Whatever, man," or a "Time will tell." His words come across more wise sage than 28-year-old flamethrower.
Lucas Giolito might never throw a pitch for the Washington Nationals. He might decide to hang out at UCLA for a few years and see if his draft stock rises. Or the elbow strain that cost him his final high school season might be a harbinger of even worse horrors. You can come up with all kinds of reasons why he might never wear the curly W.
Tyler Clippard remembers it well, the bullpen that birthed his All-Star relief career. It was horrible.