Jun 20, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Two batters and nine pitches into his start against the Phillies on Wednesday, Gio Gonzalez could have folded up his tent and called it a night. Down 2-0 after allowing a Ben Revere single and Michael Young homer — and knowing how much his Nationals teammates have struggled to offer run support — Gonzalez had to wonder if this game already was a lost cause.
That the left-hander proceeded to completely reverse course and not only salvage a respectable start, but thoroughly dominate for the next seven innings, speaks volumes about the progress he's made as a pitcher.
"He's a perfectionist, and he doesn't want to give up runs," catcher Kurt Suzuki said. "His job is to keep us in the ballgame. He's starting to understand that he can give up a couple runs in one inning, and make sure you bear down the rest of the game."
Gonzalez has now done this a few times, most notably on May 5 in Pittsburgh, when he gave up two quick runs in the first inning and loaded the bases with no outs, then escaped without surrenderingRead more »
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