Cursed season? Gonzalez hadn't lost at Citi Field in four years

Josh Luckenbaugh
August 25, 2018 - 1:30 pm
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Every Nationals loss these days feels like another nail in the coffin of this disappointing season, and Friday's 3-0 loss to the Mets was no different.

The defeat contained an extra personal sting for Gio Gonzalez, however, the left-hander suffering his first loss at Citi Field in four years. 

Gonzalez has owned the Mets at Citi Field over his career, recording 11 wins with a 1.75 ERA in 17 starts there. His last, and only previous, loss at Citi Field came on Sept. 12 of 2014, Gonzalez going 6-0 in eight starts between then and Friday afternoon's loss. 

The worst part about this might be that, despite all of his struggles this year, Gonzalez pitched very well on Friday, allowing just one run over seven innings.

Unfortunately, as was the case for Max Scherzer Thursday against the Phillies, the Nationals offense offered him zero run support. It was the 13th time the Nats have been shut out this season, and the third time they've been held to no runs in back-to-back games. 

To add injury to insult, Gonzalez looked hurt post-game after taking a comebacker to the lower leg in the sixth inning. 

Perhaps it's simply a coincidence Gonzalez, who could soon be on his way out after clearing revocable waivers earlier this week, picked up just his second career loss at Citi Field Friday.

But given the unexpectedly deep hole the Nats find themsevles in, it's hard not to read this as yet another sign this is not Washington's year. 

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