August 19, 2019

Washington Nationals Game 150 Review: Orioles Hit Gonzalez, Nats Fall 6.5 Games Back


The Baltimore Orioles beat the Washington Nationals 4-1 in D.C. on Tuesday night after starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez gave up all four of Baltimore’s runs.

Gonalzez pitched 4 2/3 innings while giving up six hits, four runs, walking two, and striking out six batters. He threw 82 pitches and 51 strikes.

Baltimore scored early starting in the second inning when Caleb Joseph scored on a line drive hit by the Orioles starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez making it a 1-0 ballgame with two out. Lead off batter and outfielder Nolan Reimold followed suit by sending shortstop J. J. Hardy around to score on a RBI single making it 2-0 in favor of the Orioles.

The Nats cut the deficit in half in the fourth inning when catcher Jose Lobaton reached against Jiminez on a force attempt and fielding error made by Orioles second baseman Jonathan Shoop sending first baseman Clint Robinson home to make it a 2-1 ballgame.

Washington (78-72) couldn’t hold on, though, and the Orioles answered back with a pair of runs in the fifth inning off Gonzalez before he was pulled and replaced by reliever Doug Fister. Orioles second baseman Manny Machado scored on a double hit by first baseman Chris Davis off Gonzalez before scoring on a double hit by outfielder Steve Pearce, giving Baltimore a 4-1 lead.

The Orioles held Washington for the remainder of the game and none of the Nats batters reached scoring position after the fourth inning.

Washington’s bullpen held Baltimore for four scoreless innings but the lack of offensive support from their lineup left the Nats at home with a loss.

UP NEXT: Chris Tillman (9-11, 5.19) and the Baltimore Orioles face Max Scherzer (12-11, 2.90) and the Washington Nationals at 7:05 p.m. in Washington, D.C.

About Rachel Levitin

Rachel Levitin is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Nationals. For the past five seasons, she was credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals as an author for We Love DC. During her time spent with WLDC, Rachel composed game stories, covered off-the-field special events, and chronicled both of the Nats’ recent playoff runs. In addition to her work with WLDC, Rachel’s writing has been featured in the Washington Examiner and on MASNSports.com where she has been a featured guest blogger for the Nationals Buzz blog since 2011. Her love for baseball stems from having grown up on the north side of Chicago and falling in love with the sport’s history as a result of growing up just minutes from Wrigley Field. Rachel moved to DC in 2005 and has been following along with the Nats since their inaugural season. You can follow Rachel on Twitter @RHLevitin.

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