Looking at the Nationals Losing Streaks from 2012

Desmond's walk-off to end a five game losing streak became an iconic image of the 2012 season
Desmond’s walk-off to end a five game losing streak became an iconic image of the 2012 season

Gio Gonzalez put an end to the Nationals’ slightly depressing losing streak last night, throwing 8 innings of one-hit ball.  Even though the Nats put 8 runs on the board, Gio didn’t give the Reds an opening to make it a competitive game.

Losing streaks are corrosive, and first-place teams become first-place teams by avoiding them.  Accordingly, it’s nice to have a Gio Gonzalez capable of stopping a losing streak before it becomes a serious problem.

Since the Nationals’ first 2013 4-game losing streak is history, I looked back at 2012’s 98 win season, where the Nats only had 3 losing streaks of 4 games or longer.

Losing Streak #1

April 26-May 1

How it started: 2-1 loss, San Diego Padres at Petco Park

What happened?: Tyler Clippard gave up 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning, spoiling a fine performance by Edwin Jackson

How it ended: 5-4 win, Arizona Diamondbacks at Nats Park

What happened?: Ian Desmond hit a dramatic 2-run walk-off home run against the D-Backs closer JJ Putz

Nats record when it started: 14-4

Nats record when it ended: 14-9

Losing Streak #2

June 15-19

How it started: 7-2 loss, New York Yankees at Nats Park

What happened?: The Yankee’s Phil Hughes gave up 1 run over 6 innings.  Gio Gonzalez gave up 3 over 6 before Nats’ relievers Brad Lidge and Mike Gonzalez imploded in the seventh inning.

How it ended: 3-2 win, Tampa Bay Rays at Nats Park

What happened?: Stephen Strasburg struck out 10 over 7 innings.  Tyler Clippard got the save.

Nats record when it started: 38-23

Nats record when it ended: 38-27

Losing Streak #3

August 22-28

How it started: 5-1 loss, Atlanta Braves at Nats Park

What happened?: Kris Medlen completely shut down the Nats, throwing 7 shutout innings

How it ended: 8-4 win, Miami Marlins at Marlins Park

What happened?: Bryce Harper hit 2 home runs.  Kurt Suzuki hit one.  Mike Morse also had 2 RBI hits.

Nats record when it started: 77-46

Nats record when it ended: 77-51

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