Gonzalez's lone blemish was a solo home run by Freddy Galvis in the fifth inning. Gonzalez is now 4-1 with a 3.26 ERA and 1.03 WHIP over his last seven starts, lowing his ERA to 4.14 on the year. While that would be the highest ERA of Gonzalez's career, he's still striking out nearly a batter an inning, and his 1.31 WHIP is an improvement over the 1.42 mark he posted in 2015.
Left-hander Mark Rzepcynski started the ninth for the Nationals, with regular closer Mark Melancon getting the night off after having pitched the previous two days. Rzepcynski recorded the first two outs before Kelley came on to face the right-handed Maikel Franco, whom he got to ground out. Kelley has been solid in 2016 with a 3.21 ERA, but remains a primary setup man moving forward.
Walker has been dealing with back issues since mid-August, and been out of action since Saturday. The Mets originally indicated they were just being cautious with the veteran infielder, but the issue has turned out to be more serious than originally thought. With Walker out, Wilmer Flores figures to assume second base duties. Walker will finish the year with 23 home runs in 113 games.
He entered Wednesday with a Triple-A slash line of .234/.320/.495 with five homers and six stolen bases in 107 at-bats. A 2-for-24 slide in nine games prior to Tuesday cooled his numbers, but the promising outfielder has not looked overmatched in Indy. Meadows is expected to spend the majority of 2017 in Triple-A, though a long-term injury to one of Pittsburgh's outfield starters could always push him to PNC Park sooner.
He missed more than a month with a back issue and had begun a rehab stint before shutting things down with the broken rib. Hayes slashed .263/.319/.393 with six homers and six stolen bases for Low-A West Virginia. The 19-year-old, who will probably advance to High-A Bradenton at some point in 2017, has little competition at the upper organizational levels but is still likely several seasons away from debuting for the Bucs.
With Adam Jones dealing with hamstring issues, the Orioles were looking to acquire depth in center field. Bourn slashed .261/.307/362, and posted 13 stolen bases in 89 games with the Diamondbacks this season.
Despite the loss, Wednesday's performance capped a strong month for Finnegan. The left-hander tallied five quality starts in six August outings while managing a very strong 2.65 ERA with 41 strikeouts over 37.1 innings. Finnegan will take a 4.27 ERA, his lowest mark since June 25, into his next start Tuesday versus the Mets.
Despite giving up a solo shot, Casilla nailed down his eighth save in his last nine tries. His ERA ballooned a bit this month, from 3.05 to 3.22, over 10.2 innings. However, Casilla really only suffered one poor outing (three runs in one inning on Aug. 13 against Baltimore) in his 10 August appearances. The veteran has allowed a run in just two of his last 12 outings while recording 14 strikeouts in that time.
It wasn't quite the near no-hitter from his last start, but it was yet another strong performance in a Giants uniform. Since being acquired from Tampa Bay at the beginning of the month, Moore owns a 3.16 ERA over six starts while notching 36 strikeouts over 37 innings. The left-hander has a tough task at hand Monday when he takes the hill for his next start at the hitter-friendly Coors Field in Colorado.
Parra seems to be finding his stride for the first time since returning Aug. 7 from lengthy stint on the DL due to an ankle injury. He's 7-for-20 (.350) over his last seven games with a pair of multi-hit efforts. Unfortunately, Wednesday's solid performance is accompanied by bad news for Parra. First baseman Mark Reynolds made his first appearance since fracturing his hand on Aug. 11, meaning Parra's playing time is likely to decrease in the coming days as Reynolds gets back into the mix.