Sunday, September 23, 2012

At the Nationals Game — Gio Gonzalez's 20th Win

Gio Gonzalez got his 20th win yesterday. The first picture in the major leagues to do so. The Nats pounded the Brewers. Six runs in the 4th inning alone. Two home runs in inning that brought in those runs. Two guys were on base each time.

Then after the game a concert from Dierks Bentley. Also a bright and sunny day. Our seats were in the sun, which was a little hot, so we sought out shade for a couple of innings. In all a fantastic day.

Gio on the mound

Ryan Zimmerman rounding second. This was the first home run of the 4th inning.

Zimmerman heading for home.

There was only one small but amusing problem on Gio's march to win 20. The Post describes it best:
Gonzalez’s day included only one hiccup. With one out in the seventh, he clipped a spike on the rubber as he delivered a pitch. The ball flew out of his hand and bounced off the netting high above the backstop. He fell face-first on the mound.

“A perfect 10,” Desmond said. “I’m just glad he didn’t mess up his hair.”

Gonzalez played dead in front of the mound, his face in the grass. As he rose, he stretched his back, causing personnel to rush from the home dugout and 40,493 hearts to drop.

Johnson, McCatty, head trainer Lee Kuntz and the infielders circled Gonzalez. Someone asked if he was hurt. “Absolutely,” Gonzalez replied. “My pride is.”

The huddle dispersed, and Gonzalez tipped to his cap to the roaring crowd. On his next pitch, he struck out Martin Maldonado swinging at a curveball in the dirt.

It was a great day for baseball. The magic number to clinch the division is now 6.

Go Nats!!!

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