Jun 14, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) delivers in the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Nationals Look To Avoid Sweep To Phillies Behind Gio Gonzalez


On Wednesday night, the Nationals will try to regain second place from the Phillies and avoid getting swept in Philadelphia. After two disappointing losses in the first two games of the series, the Nationals and Gio Gonzalez(3-3) will attempt to return to just a game under .500 at 36-37. Gonzalez will also compete for his fourth win of the season and put an end to a streak of eight straight winless starts. While Gio has lost just once in this span, the Nationals lack of run support(they currently rank fourteenth in the NL in runs) has led to six no decisions for the lefty. This a far cry from 2012, when Gio seemingly could afford to make mistakes and still get a victory en route to his 21 win season.
Philadelphia will counter with the crafty veteran right hander Kyle Kendrick(6-4). After a breakout season last year, Kendrick has gotten a full time job in the Philly rotation this season and has thrived. Roger Bernadina was in the original lineup playing left field tonight, but was scratched right before gametime with an eye ailment.
Washington Nationals
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Anthony Rendon, 2B
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam LaRoche, 1B
5. Jayson Werth, RF
6. Ian Desmond, SS
7. Steve Lombardozzi, LF
8. Kurt Suzuki, C
9. Gio Gonzalez, LHP

Philadelphia Phillies
1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Michael Young, 3B
3. Jimmy Rollins, SS
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Dominic Brown, LF
6. Delmon Young, RF
7. Kevin Frandsen, 3B
8. Carlos Ruiz, C
9. Kyle Kendrick, RHP

First Pitch 7:05

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