(Sports Network) - Gio Gonzalez goes after his 14th win of the season this
afternoon when the Washington Nationals conclude a four-game set with the
Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.
After a brief two-game losing streak, Gonzalez got himself back into the win
column on Tuesday with a spectacular effort against the New York Mets, as he
held them to an unearned run and two hits in seven innings. He also walked two
and struck out four, while improving to 13-5 to go along with a 3.13 ERA.
"I think it was just one of those things where you want to bounce back,"
Gonzalez said. "You want to bounce back as a pitcher. You don't want to feel
down and out. These guys came up to me and gave me some positive energy,
positive feedback. I wanted to go out there and give them everything I can."
Gonzalez, who has never faced the Brewers, is tied for the National League
lead in wins with St. Louis' Lance Lynn and New York's R.A. Dickey, who also
pitches on Sunday. Tampa Bay's David Price is the only starter in the league
with 14 victories.
Milwaukee had hoped to start Zack Greinke this afternoon, but the former AL Cy
Young Award winner was shipped to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Friday.
So instead it will be former first round pick Mark Rogers.
Rogers, the fifth overall pick in the 2004 draft, made two starts and appeared
in four games for the Brewers in 2010 and pitched to a 1.80 ERA in 10 innings.
"I'm back, hopefully, to the guy [Roenicke] saw on the film," Rogers said.
"Over the last month, I feel like my stuff is better than it was back in 2010.
I think that has a lot to do with repeating my delivery, being consistent and
being confident. Confidence is so important. I feel like I'm back to being
confident again and trusting my stuff."
On Saturday, Washington hit three home runs to back six strong innings from
Jordan Zimmermann as the Nationals rolled to a 4-1 win. Corey Brown, Tyler
Moore and Ryan Zimmerman each went deep for the Nationals, who have won seven
of their last eight games.
Zimmermann (8-6) allowed one run on five hits and a walk while striking out
five to win his fifth straight decision. Tyler Clippard tossed a perfect ninth
to record his 19th save of the season.
Randy Wolf (3-7) surrendered all four runs on nine hits and a walk through
seven innings to take the loss for Milwaukee, which has dropped eight of its
"I thought he threw the ball well. They didn't square up too many balls
against him. They squared up on four balls and three were home runs," Brewers
manager Ron Roenicke said about Wolf. "It's frustrating for him. I know how
hard he works. When he makes a mistake it ends up being a home run."
Washington won three straight in April and Milwaukee took three straight in
May. The Brewers have won the season series each year since 2006.
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