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47 Gio Gonzalez SP
Height/Weight: 6-0/210 | Birthdate: 9/19/1985 | Birthplace: Hialeah, FL | Bats/Throws: R/L | Team: Washington | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $6,350,000 | Owned/Started%: 90/63 | Average Draft Position: 95.43
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Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez solid on Monday, gets no-decision


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/31/2015) Left-hander Gio Gonzalez tossed a quality start on Monday, but the Nationals fell to the Cardinals 8-5. Gonzalez allowed three runs on five hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out four, throwing 55 of his 91 pitches for strikes.

All three runs to score against Gonzalez came in the fourth inning on a trio of RBI singles. Despite leaving the game with the Nationals trailing 3-2, Gonzalez escaped with a no-decision after the Nationals rallied to tie the game. The Cardinals put on a rally of their own, en route to the 8-5 final.

This was a better outing for Gonzalez, who had allowed at least four runs in each of his previous three starts. Still, he struggled through the month of August, going 1-3 with a 5.46 ERA in six outings.


Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez labors through loss


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(8/26/2015) Gio Gonzalez has been in a slump for the Nationals and Wednesday he wasn't able to get out of it, losing his third straight game as the Padres hit him hard. 

Gonzalez made it just 4 2/3 innings, the sixth time in his last seven outings he has failed to go more than five innings. He allowed five runs on seven hits while striking out six and walking two. 

Gonzalez (9-7) has seen his ERA rise from 3.50 to 4.11 during his losing streak. 


Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez struggles again on Friday vs. Brewers


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/21/2015) Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez was not effective in his start against the Brewers on Friday. Gonzalez allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits over five innings. He walked two and struck out five in the 10-3 loss.

Gonzalez (9-6, 3.98 ERA) was victimized by a pair of rough innings. He gave up two runs in the third and three more in the fifth, including a two-run home run by Domingo Santana.

With the loss, the Nationals fall a game under .500 for the first time early May. Gonzalez has now posted back-to-back poor outings, as this one followed a six-run performance on Saturday. Overall, he is 2-2 with a 4.16 ERA over his last six starts.


Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez tosses eight scoreless innings Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2015) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez had his longest and most efficient start of the season during Monday's 8-3 win over the Dodgers.

Gonzalez threw eight scoreless innings while giving up seven hits. He also struck out six and walked one. He is now 9-4 with a 3.50 ERA. The eight innings of work were a season high.

Gonzalez is 5-0 over his last eight starts, but has just one quality start over his last four outings.


Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez solid over five in no-decision


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2015) A glance at the final score would indicate that Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez was clobbered Wednesday night against Arizona.

Final scores can be deceiving. Gonzalez allowed just two of the 11 runs the Diamondbacks pushed across the plate. He was removed after throwing 95 pitches in five innings and giving up eight hits. He walked one and fanned seven.

Gonzalez did blow a 2-0 lead by yielding a sacrifice fly to Aaron Hill in the third and single to Yasmany Tomas, who scored after Gonzalez was removed in the sixth.

He has surrendered just eight runs in his last 40 2/3 innings over seven starts.


Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez has poor command in no-decision


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez tied a season-worst with four walks against the Mets on Friday.

Gonzalez lasted just 4 2/3 innings, while giving up one earned run on four hits in a no-decision.

Gonzalez (8-4) has a 3.75 ERA with 98 strikeouts and 43 walks in 110 1/3 innings this season.


Nationals' Gio Gonzalez stays strong on the mound in Saturday win


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/25/2015) Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez was the beneficiary of a nine-run offensive outburst, as Washington beat the Pirates 9-3 on Saturday. Gonzalez allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits over six-plus innings. He struck out five and did not walk a batter, and was lifted after throwing just 74 pitches.

Gonzalez (8-4) dropped his ERA to 3.83 with the solid effort on Saturday. He blanked the Pirates for the first five innings, but ran into some trouble in the sixth, thanks in-part to a fielding miscue that led to two runs.

He was pulled from the game after five innings with his team leading 4-0 as he was feeling ill. He was receiving fluids by the training staff during the game, according to the Washington Post. There is currently no indication that Gonzalez is in danger of missing his next start.

Gonzalez has been rolling lately, going 4-0 with a 1.45 ERA over his last five starts. 


Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez receives win in Monday's start


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2015) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez was solid throughout his start Monday against the Mets, which the Nationals won 7-2.

Gonzalez received a quality start after allowing two runs on six hits over six innings of work. He also struck out four and walked three. He is now 7-4 with a 3.93 ERA.

Gonzalez has now won three of his last four starts and has received a quality start in each of those outings.


Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez allows one run in no-decision on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/10/2015) Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez pitched well against the Orioles on Friday, but did not factor in the decision. Gonzalez allowed one run on six hits over six innings. He walked three and struck out five, but the Orioles would win 3-2 in walk-off fashion on Friday.

The only run to score on Gonzalez came on a fourth-inning home run by Adam Jones. Otherwise, the Gonzalez was able to work out of trouble and keep his club in the game.

Gonzalez lowered his ERA to 3.99, the first time it's been under 4.00 since May 8, as he has allowed a total of two earned runs in 20 innings of work over his last three starts.


Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez tabbed to start Friday vs. Orioles


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez will start Friday's game against the Orioles, the team announced Thursday.

The left-hander is 1-4 with a 3.80 ERA in seven career starts against the Orioles. He is 6-9 with a 4.84 ERA in 28 career interleague starts.

Gonzalez is 2-2 with a 3.03 ERA in his last five starts.


Nationals P Gio Gonzalez allows earned run in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez gave up one earned run in Friday's 2-1 win over the Giants. 

Gonzalez went seven innings, allowed five hits and struck out six batters. Over his past two starts, Gonzalez has struck out 10 batters while giving up only one earned run. 

Gonzalez now has a 4.16 ERA this season. 


Nationals vs. Phillies rained out, will play doubleheader Sunday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/27/2015) The Nationals matchup against the Phillies was rained out on Saturday before the bottom of the second inning. The team's will play a doubleheader on Sunday.

Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez was able to throw an inning, in which he allowed a hit. Adam Morgan allowed three hits over the two innings he managed to throw.

Phillies starter Kevin Correia will throw in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader. Stephen Strasburg is projected to start for the Nationals.


Big run support allows Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez to cruise


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2015) Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez didn't mind waiting and waiting to take the mound in the second inning Sunday against Baltimore. By the time he arrived, he had a 9-0 lead.

"I think he used his curveball a lot," manager Matt Williams said, per MLB.com. "He threw some changeups, but for the most part his curveball was effective for him. In a big spot, he got Andrew McCutchen on one and he threw it early in the count, too, which as we've talked about a lot, it just makes his fastball late even better."

Gonzalez didn't allow the huge advantage to shake his concentration. He cruised after the offensive explosion in raising his record to 5-4. He pitched seven shutout innings with two walks and four strikeouts.

It was easily his best outing since he blanked the Mets through seven on May 2. It also ended a four-start slump in which he had surrendered 13 runs in 21 innings. His ERA still stands at a less-than-mediocre 4.41.

"I just think that the last three guys that we've had start games have pitched really well," Williams said. "That sets our tone, certainly. It doesn't mean it's going to happen every day, but I like the way we were aggressive offensively early as well."

Gonzalez will try to shrink it further in Philadelphia next weekend.


Nationals P Gio Gonzalez has start pushed back to Sunday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) The Nationals have moved pitcher Gio Gonzalez's projected start to Sunday, according to The Washington Post's Chelsea Janes. 

Gonzalez was originally slated to pitch Saturday. Instead, Joe Ross will go Friday and Max Scherzer on Saturday. Gonzalez will look to have a better showing than his last one, which saw him give up five earned runs in a loss to the Rays on June 15. 

Gonzalez has a 4.82 ERA this season. 


Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez allows five runs in Monday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2015) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez failed to get out of the fourth inning during Monday's 6-1 loss to the Rays.

Gonzalez allowed five runs on eight hits over 3 1/3 innings during the outing. He also struck out one and walked three. He received his fourth loss of the season and his ERA now stands at 4.82.

Gonzalez has not earned a win in his last four starts. His next expected start is scheduled for Saturday against the Pirates.


Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez developing into groundball pitcher


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez set out this spring to rely more on his two-seam fastball (sinker), and thus far it has resulted in a spike in his groundball rate. His 56.1 percent groundball rate is seventh-highest among qualified starters, which is also above his percentage from last season (44.8 percent) and his career rate (46.6 percent).

“I wanted to work on two-seamers to see what it felt like and then I’ve just been throwing it more often,” Gonzalez said, per The Washington Post. “I feel like I’ve gotten better results than a four-seam fastball. Don’t get me wrong: I still mix in a four-seam fastball. It’s mostly two-seam. I’ve stuck to it and felt stronger with my two-seam.”

Because he is seeking contact, Gonzalez is allowing more hits (9.7 H/9) in 2015, while his strikeout rate is declining (8.5 K/9).

“For me, it’s actually easier to worry about contact than it is strikeouts,” Gonzalez said. “Strikeouts, you can get it when you need it. I’ve gotten my chance to get strikeouts. I think it helps you last a little longer in games when you’re getting more contact. I’m not finding the results I want. They’re finding a hole, they’re getting in there. But once that turns, it’s kind of makes sense.

"It’s what they say: Would you rather strike out 15 and go five, or rather go four strikeouts and go eight, nine innings? If you would have asked me that when I was younger, I would have said the 15. Now, looking back, that’s not how it works. … Strikeouts are very nice. Don’t get me wrong. But then again, so are groundball outs and double plays.”


Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez posts quality start, takes no-decision


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/10/2015) Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez was solid in a no-decision against the Yankees on Wednesday. Gonzalez allowed two runs on four hits over 6 1/3 innings, striking out five and walking three on the afternoon. He lowered his ERA to 4.42 on the year. 

Gonzalez cruised through the first six innings, but got into trouble in the seventh. He allowed an RBI triple to Brendan Ryan, and then was lifted for a reliever who promptly served up an RBI double to Brett Gardner.

The left-hander has now posted three quality performances in his last four starts. He'll look to get back in the win column in his next start, scheduled for Monday against the Rays in Tampa.


Nationals' Gio Gonzalez surrenders two runs in loss vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2015) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez took the loss on Thursday, giving up two earned runs on four hits and four walks in six innings while striking out seven in his team's 2-1 defeat against the Cubs.

Gonzalez (4-3) opened the game by alternating between singles and walks to the first four batters, with his second free pass bringing the first run of the game home. He was able to get the next batter to ground into a double play, but another run scored on a play. Gonzalez settled down after that, striking out the side in the second inning and allowing just a pair of singles and a pair of walks over the remainder of his outing.

"I didn't throw strikes [in the first inning]. The second inning I threw strikes, that was the difference," Gonzalez said, per MLB.com. "I walked two batters in an inning. It can haunt you. After that, you turn that page, you settle down, pound the strike zone."

Gonzalez owns a 4.57 ERA and 62:25 K:BB ratio in 65 innings. He's slated to face the Yankees on Wednesday.


SP Gio Gonzalez earns no-decision for Nationals


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/30/2015) Starter Gio Gonzalez earned a no-decision Saturday after a shaky outing, as the Nationals squandered their lead in the eighth inning of an 8-5 loss to the Reds. 

Gonzalez lasted just 5 1/3 innings, giving up seven hits and four earned runs, including a home run. He struck out six and walked just two on 99 pitches. Gonzalez has gone less than six innings in three of his last four starts. 


Many Reds have struggled against Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2015) Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez has been hot-and-cold recently, but if history is any indication, he's likely to perform well Saturday in Cincinnati.

Gonzalez has been lights-out in the past against several Reds hitters, including Brandon Phillips (1-8), Todd Frazier (0-5), Jay Bruce (2-10), Marlon Byrd (5-21) and Zack Cozart (1-11).

The Reds have 16 hits in 116 at-bats lifetime against Gonzalez.


Nationals P Gio Gonzalez has strong outing in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez had a strong winning performance in Sunday afternoon’s 4-1 victory over the Phillies.

Gonzalez only allowed one earned run in six innings. He gave up seven hits, struck out seven and walked one in 94 pitches. He was relieved in the seventh inning.

"I just wanted to keep from [going] up in the strike zone, work my way down in the strike zone," Gonzalez said to MLB.com. "The only time I wanted to get up was when I wanted them to chase out of the strike zone, but again, like I said, [Jose] Lobaton did a great job mixing me up and keeping me in the game."

This was a much better performance for Gonzalez, who was in command throughout the game. In his previous two outings, Gonzalez allowed a total of 11 earned runs while only striking out four.

Gonzalez now has a 4.53 ERA this season.

His next start is projected for Saturday against the Reds.


Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez allows six runs in five IP for no-decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/19/2015) Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez gave up six runs on six hits in five innings Tuesday for a no-decision against the Yankees.

They Yankees broke through on Gonzalez in the fourth inning when they rallied for four runs and would add two more in the fifth with Mark Teixeira's two-run homer.

It's the second straight start that Gonzalez got roughed up in five innings of work, as he allowed five runs on nine hits in five innings for a no-decision against the Braves.

Gonzalez returns to the mound Sunday for his next start against the Phillies.

Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez struggles against Diamondbacks


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez can't seem to string together more than a couple strong performances without tossing in a dud.

He provided the latest example Wednesday at Arizona. After allowing two runs in 14 innings over his previous two starts, he yielded five in five innings in a no-decision to the Diamondbacks. He gave up nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

Gonzalez surrendered a run-scoring single to Nick Ahmed in the second, RBi double to Paul Goldschmidt in the third and single to drive in another run to A.J. Pollock in the fifth.

He is set to start against the Yankees next Tuesday.


Nationals' Gio Gonzalez bulks up to help pitching arm


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez has added 18 pounds since the start of last season. He hopes that will help him avoid injury and also add power to his pitches. 

"Healthy body, healthy arm," he said, per the Washington Post. "It’s encouraging to keep my weight up. … Stronger, I would like, but realistically, I’m a pitcher. I’m not that strong. Just trying to maintain my weight as much as possible. I don’t want to drastically lose weight.  That’s why I try to load throughout the offseason and eat as much as I can and throughout the season I lose it a lot."


Nationals P Gio Gonzalez strikes out 8 in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez gave up two earned runs in Friday night's 9-2 win over the Braves. 

Gonzalez went seven innings and allowed five hits and one walk. It was a particularly strong outing as Gonzalez struck out eight batters. In his past two games, Gonzalez has pitched a total of 14 innings with 17 strikeouts. 

He's now averaging 6 1/2 strikeouts per game. 

Gonzalez improves to 4-2 with the win and has a 3.62 ERA for the season. 

His next start is projected for May 13 against the Diamondbacks.