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Tuesday, June 25th
(All times Eastern)
Arizona Diamondbacks (41-34) at Washington Nationals (37-38), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Trevor Cahill (3-8, 3.92)
Washington - Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.34)
(Sports Network) - Gio Gonzalez looks to secure his first victory in nearly
two months on Tuesday night when the Washington Nationals begin a three-game
series with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Gonzalez has not found the win column since May 5, going without a victory in
eight starts since. However, the left-hander has lost just once over that time
Gonzalez has allowed more than three runs or fewer in all but one of those
outings and that resulted in a loss on May 27 versus Baltimore. He is coming
off a solid outing in Philadelphia on Wednesday, giving up a two-run homer in
the first and nothing else over his seven-inning outing. He retired 14 of the
next 15 batters he faced after the home run and struck out a season-high 11
batters before his club came through with an extra-inning victory.
The 27-year-old is 3-3 with a 3.34 earned run average in 15 starts this season
and will face Arizona for the second time in his career. The first encounter
came on July 3, 2011 with Oakland and he picked up a victory after allowing
one run over seven innings.
Gonzalez was teammates with Trevor Cahill during his stint with the A's and
goes against his former mate on Tuesday.
Like Gonzalez, Cahill is also in the midst of a winless stretch, but hasn't
been as effective on the mound. The righty is 0-4 with a 6.75 ERA in his last
six starts and will look to shake off an injury that forced him out of his
last start after one inning of work.
Against Miami on Wednesday, Cahill took a line drive off his right hip, with
the comebacker deflecting to third baseman Martin Prado, who fired to first
base for the final out of the inning.
Cahill came out to pitch the second inning, but exited during the first batter
he faced with the count at 2-1. That left the 25-year-old unable to battle for
his first wince since May 17 and he stands at 3-8 on the year with a 3.92 ERA
in 15 starts.
Cahill has split two previous meetings with Washington, posting a 3.38 ERA. He
will have the added benefit today of pitching behind a lineup that will
feature the return of second baseman Aaron Hill.
Hill has not played since April 14 due to a broken left hand. He was hitting
.306 with a pair of homers in 10 games before the injury and notched nine hits
and six RBI in six rehab games with Triple-A Reno.
"I took some good swings; the timing was there," Hill said on Arizona's
website. "I got the amount of at-bats I wanted, so I'm good. It's all about
how you feel. Hits are always nice -- you never complain about a hit -- but
you know when your swing is there and feeling good."
Hill returns for the start of a 10-game road trip and with the Diamondbacks
looking to rebound after having a four-game win streak snapped with Sunday's
4-2 loss to Cincinnati.
Less certain is the status of Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth, who left
Sunday's 7-6 setback to Colorado early due to a left groin injury. That came a
day after he was scratched from the lineup due to flu-like symptoms.
Without Werth, the Nats failed to overtake the Rockies despite a four-run
eighth inning that pulled the club to within a run. Washington had to attempt
a rally after starter Ross Detwiler yielded seven runs over 3 2/3 innings.
"I think we're still pushing forward, it just wasn't very good on my part
today," said Detwiler.
However, Washington dropped its second straight to split a four-game set and
is a game under .500 at 37-38.
The Nationals won four of six against the Diamondbacks a season ago.
06/25 10:49:55 ET