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
Nats record when it started: 14-4
Nats record when it ended: 14-9
Losing Streak #2
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
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
Nats record when it started: 77-46
Nats record when it ended: 77-51