Nationals & Gio Gonzalez Defeat The Marlins, Bob Carpenter's Voice Cracks

DC Sports Nexus ---- Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Nationals 3, Marlins 0 
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Marlins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Nationals 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 x 3 6 1
Read the full box score at MLB

It was a cold, cold night at Nats Park on Wednesday, but it didn't stop the Nationals and Gio Gonzalez from heating up during a 3-0 win against the Miami Marlins.  The Nats shutout the fish for the 2nd straight game and have yet to give up a run on the season with new closer Rafael Soriano picking up his 2nd save in the process.

The star of the game was Gio Gonzalez who battled some early headaches, made love to his hands, and hit a homerun in the victory.  Gonzalez pitched through the pain, getting massaged during each half inning, and made it through six innings giving up just 2 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 5.  Not bad for a guy who felt like he was being hit with a "sledgehammer".

Bryce Harper (Terrible hashtag and all) continues to be the offensive catalyst and is now 4 for 8 on the season after going 2-4 with a double on Wednesday.  He has scored 3 of the Nats 5 runs this season.

Jayson Werth failed to pick up a hit on 4 at bats, but made some nice hustle plays in the outfield to limit extra bases for Marlins players, which in turn probably preserved the shutout.

Mattheus and Storen pitched a scoreless 7th and 8th, and Soriano came in to record a shaky but scoreless save (giving up a hit and a walk in the 9th).  The following is Bob Carpenter's reaction to a dropped foul ball that could have ended the game...very Brady Bunch like:

Nats look to finish off the Marlins on Thursday, an early 4pm start time...

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