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47 Gio Gonzalez SP
Height/Weight: 6-1/205 | Birthdate: 9/19/1985 | Birthplace: Hialeah, FL | Bats/Throws: R/L | Team: Washington | College: No College | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $6,350,000 | Owned/Started%: 98/81 | Average Draft Position: 56.92
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Gio Gonzalez gets back on winning side


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez bounced back from his first loss of the season Friday, in a 3-1 win over the Cardinals.

Gonzalez allowed just one run in seven innings of work, his third start with one or no runs allowed. The one run scored on four hits and a walk, and he struck out seven batters en route to the win.

Gonzalez has had just one misstep through his first four starts, but still enters his next start with a 3-1 record and 2.88 ERA in 25 innings. He will next take the mound Wednesday against the Angels. a


Gio Gonzalez struggles early in loss to Braves


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2014) After dominating performances in his first two starts, Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez took a major step back during a 10-2 loss Sunday against the Braves. Gonzalez (2-1) allowed six runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out six in six innings.

Gonzalez had issues from the get-go Sunday. He walked leadoff hitter Jason Heyward, who would score two batters later on a Freddie Freeman sac fly. Justin Upton followed with a two-run homer, putting Washington in an early 3-0 deficit after the first inning. 

Gonzalez ran into more trouble in the second inning, as Heyward had an RBI double two batters after Tyler Pastornicky led off the inning with a triple. Freeman then clubbed a two-run homer two batters after Heyward's double.

The left-hander would settle down to throw four scoreless innings, but the damage was already done. His ERA jumped from 0.75 to 3.50. Gonzalez is expected to make his next start Friday vs. St. Louis.


Changeup helping fuel Gio Gonzalez's great start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez is beginning to rely more on his changeup, per The Washington Post

In his first start, Gonzalez threw 18 changeups in 91 pitches. On Tuesday against the Marlins, Gonzalez threw it 16 times in 101 pitches. In total, 17.7 percent of his pitches this season have been changeups.

The results have been positive for Gonzalez, who is 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA and 0.75 WHIP. Gonzalez is beginning to trust his changeup thanks to catcher Jose Lobaton, who has urged the lefty-handed hurler to throw it more.

"He’s not afraid to throw anything," Lobaton said. "(Tuesday), I saw the changeup working with the curveball. I said, 'Any count, I’m going to call it.' If that changeup works, the curveball and fastball are going to be awesome. He throws 93, 94. The fastball is going to look like 95, 96."


Gio Gonzalez wins with another gem


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2014) Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez moved to 2-0 in his second start of the season Wednesday, a 5-0 win over the Marlins.

Gonzalez kept the Marlins off balance throughout the start, allowing just three singles in six innings of work. He pitched with a runner in scoring position just once, in the second inning. He allowed three hits and a pair of walks in his six shutout innings, while striking out five and throwing 61 of 101 pitches for strikes.

Gonzalez has been stellar through his first two starts of the season, allowing just one run on six hits in 12 innings of work. He will carry a 2-0 record and 0.75 ERA into his next start, scheduled for Sunday in Atlanta. 


Nationals finalize rotation plans for rest of week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2014) The Nationals finalized their rotation plans for the rest of the week.

Manager Matt Williams said Jordan Zimmermann will start Wednesday and Stephen Strasburg will finish off the Miami series Thursday. Tanner Roark will then start Friday's series opener against the Braves, with Taylor Jordan going Saturday and Gio Gonzalez on Sunday.


Gio Gonzalez dealing with the flu


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez will be sent home Saturday due to the flu.

The Nationals have had a number of players come down with the illness throughout spring, and it's carried over to the regular season. Gonzalez will see a team doctor while at the park Saturday, and will then go home and rest. Gonzalez is expected to make his next start.


Gio Gonzalez earns win with strong debut Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez picked up the win in his season debut Wednesday, giving up just one earned run on three hits and one walk in six innings while striking out six in his team's 5-1 win over the Mets.

As if the pitching gem wasn't enough, Gonzalez smacked a solo home run off Mets starter Bartolo Colon in the fifth inning. He pitched brilliantly in his debut last season while also hitting a fifth-inning solo homer in that win. Gonzalez is lined up to pitch against the Marlins at home Tuesday.


Gio Gonzalez sent to third spring loss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez took his third loss of the spring Wednesday against the Cardinals, as he was outdueled by Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright in a 3-2 loss. Gonzalez was charged with three runs (one earned) on seven hits and one walk, while striking out four in five innings.

Yadier Molina proved to be problematic for Gonzalez. The veteran catcher had a two-RBI single in the first inning and an RBI single in the third inning off the left-handed hurler.

Gonzalez (1-3) has a 2.45 ERA through five spring starts. He has 14 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings.


Gio Gonzalez allows two runs vs. Cardinals Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings while striking out none in his team's 2-0 loss to the Cardinals Friday.

"He had a little bit of a struggle with the command of his fastball, but other than that, he was good," manager Matt Williams told MLB.com.

Gonzalez has posted a 2.70 ERA and 10:5 K:BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings over four spring appearances.


Gio Gonzalez gives up one run in third spring start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez held the Astros to one run on three hits and one walk in 4 2/3 innings during his third spring start Sunday. He struck out four.

Gonzalez held Houston off the board until L.J. Hoes singled home a run with two outs in the fifth inning. Gonzalez was then lifted for Rafael Soriano with two runners on base.

The left-hander lowered his ERA from 4.50 to 3.12. He has struck out 10 batters and issued just two walks in 8 2/3 spring innings. He has also allowed just seven hits.


Gio Gonzalez strikes out five vs. Astros


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez surrendered two earned runs on three hits and one walk in two innings while striking out five in his team's 7-4 loss to the Astros Monday.

Gonzalez tossed two scoreless innings in his first appearance but served up a second-inning, two-run home run with two outs before putting three more batters on with a walk, a double and a hit batter. He then recorded the final out on a fly ball to center.


Gio Gonzalez cruises through two innings


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2014) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez tossed two scoreless innings Wednesday against the Mets.

Gonzalez gave up a single to Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the first inning, but did not allow another hit. He struck out one hitter. He posted a 3.36 ERA in 195 2/3 innings last season.


Former Yankees catcher working with Gio Gonzalez


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2014) As Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez prepares for the 2014 season, he's had the luxury of former Yankees great Jorge Posada catching his bullpen sessions, according to MASNsports.com.

"I think Jorge is a great mentor," Gonzalez said. "He's a childhood dream, always drempt of pitching to Jorge Posada. It's not that often you get a guy that is more than happy to catch a bullpen for you, especially with four titles. He's an inspiration, he's an idol. He's everything you could possibly think of, and more."

Posada, who spent 17 years in the majors, hasn't been afraid to impart some wisdom on the 28-year-old left-hander.

"Patience," Gonzalez said, when asked what he's learned in his time working with Posada. "You've got to learn how to hit your spots, learn how to mix it up. Change signs. There's things that he teaches you that you sit back and start analyzing. It's a lot of work as a pitcher. He's had Hall of Famers in his hands."


Tanner Roark to start over Gio Gonzalez Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2013) Nationals manager Davey Johnson announced that Tanner Roark -- not Gio Gonzalez -- will take the mound for the final game of the season Sunday at Arizona.

Gonzalez was rumored to start Sunday in order to reach the 200-mark in strikeouts and innings. He finished the year 11-8 with a 3.36 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP and a 192:76 K:BB ratio over 195 2/3 innings (32 starts).


Gio Gonzalez appears set for one more start


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/26/2013) The Nationals are listing Gio Gonzalez as their starting pitcher for Sunday's season finale at the Diamondbacks. MLB.com reports that Nationals manager Davey Johnson wanted to see the lefty get one more start, even though it would have been Tanner Roark's turn in the rotation.

Johnson said he would like Gonzalez to have the opportunity to finish the season with 200 strikeouts and 200 innings. Gonzalez has pitched 195 2/3 innings and struck out 192 batters so far this season.


Gio Gonzalez hit with tough-luck loss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2013) Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez tossed a quality start but was outdueled by Michael Wacha and the Cardinals, suffering his eighth loss of the season Tuesday night. The left-hander allowed two runs on six hits and no walks while striking out six over seven innings of a 2-0 defeat.

Gonzalez allowed two earned runs or fewer in five of his final six starts of the season. He finished the year 11-8 with a 3.36 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP in 32 starts.


Gio Gonzalez secures 11th win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2013) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez held the Marlins to two earned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three in six innings Thursday to move to 11-7 in his team's 3-2 win.

Gonzalez's win was his fourth in his last five starts, though it wasn't all pretty, as he walked multiple batters for the eighth straight game. He'll take a 3.39 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 186:76 K:BB ratio into Tuesday's matchup with the Cardinals.


Nationals shuffle rotation for Stephen Strasburg


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2013) The Nationals scratched Stephen Strasburg from his scheduled start Thursday against the Marlins, after he was unable to get loose in the bullpen Wednesday. Gio Gonzalez will start Thursday followed by Jordan Zimmermann Friday, with Strasburg scheduled to take the mound Saturday.  

Gio Gonzalez hit with seventh loss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2013) Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez (10-7) was not at his best as he took the loss Saturday night against the Phillies. The left-hander permitted four runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out five over six innings of a 5-4 defeat.

Gonzalez has allowed nine runs -- five earned -- combined over his last three starts. He is scheduled to make his next start Thursday at home against the Marlins. He is 2-0 and has not allowed a run in two starts (13 innings) against the Marlins this season.

Gio Gonzalez has first complete-game shutout


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2013) Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez recorded his first complete game of the season and managed a shutout of the Mets in the process in New York Monday night.

Gonzalez flirted with a no-hitter until a leadoff single in the seventh inning. In the end, he improved to 10-6 on the season with a 3.31 ERA. He allowed just one hit over nine shutout frames on 110 pitches. Gonzalez walked two batters and struck out eight.

The 27-year-old is rolling right now with wins in three straight outings. He's given up just one run on nine hits over that span of 21 2/3 innings with 22 strikeouts. Gonzalez makes his next scheduled starting appearance on Saturday at home against Philadelphia.

Gio Gonzalez hit hard in win over Phillies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2013) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez ran into trouble again but escaped with the win Tuesday night against the Phillies. The left-hander was charged with five runs -- one earned -- on five hits and three walks while striking out six over 5 2/3 innings of a 9-6 victory.

Gonzalez moved to 9-6 with the win. He has allowed 12 runs -- eight earned -- over his last three starts (16 innings). He is scheduled to make his next start Monday against the Mets at Citi Field. He is 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA in two starts against the Mets.

Gio Gonzalez pitches seven scoreless innings in win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2013) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez held the Marlins scoreless in seven innings Thursday as the Nationals won, 9-0. Gonzalez, who moved to 8-6 with the victory, gave up just three hits and three walks while striking out eight.

Gonzalez has mixed rough starts with great starts in the second half, but Thursday's win was his first since July 10. He owns a 3.56 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 164:67 K:BB ratio going into Tuesday's matchup against the Phillies.


Gio Gonzalez hit hard in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2013) Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez was roughed up as he escaped with a no-decision Friday night against the Royals. The left-hander was touched up for seven runs -- six earned -- on nine hits and three walks while striking out one over 3 1/3 innings of an 11-10 victory.

Gonzalez has not won a decision since July 10 and has allowed 20 earned runs combined over his last five starts (24 2/3 innings). He is scheduled to make his next start Thursday at home against Miami. He is 4-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 13 starts at home.

Gio Gonzalez takes loss in pitcher's duel


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2013) Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez lost out in a pitcher's duel to Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran Sunday. Gonzalez (7-6) allowed two runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out nine during a 2-1 loss.

Gonzalez was tagged in the first inning for two runs on RBI singles from Freddie Freeman and Chris Johnson. He settled down to toss six scoreless innings, but the Nationals couldn't muster enough offense to get Gonzalez off the hook for the loss.

Gonzalez's next scheduled start is for Friday at Kansas City. Gonzalez is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA in five interleague starts this year.


Gio Gonzalez and Jayson Werth get into spat in dugout


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2013) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez and outfielder Jayson Werth got into an argument in the dugout during the first inning of Tuesday's game against the Giants.

Gonzalez and Werth were reportedly angry about two different issues, though both players decided to keep the issue private. Despite the angry words, Gonzalez settled down on the mound, and tossed four scoreless innings.