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Gonzalez' continued struggles highlight Nats' loss to Brewers

Gonzalez' continued struggles highlight Nats' loss to Brewers

The Nationals couldn't have this road trip end soon enough. 

What was supposed to be a golden opportunity to pad their division lead in a stretch that included struggling opponents like the San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers has instead turned into a season-high seven-game losing skid.

Luckily for the Nats, they'll finally be heading back to D.C. on Sunday night after they try to salvage a win in Milwaukee. But before they do, here are a few thoughts on Saturday night's 6-5 loss to the Brewers: 

Gonzalez' struggles continue: Gio Gonzalez' season has started to spiral out of control, and he did nothing on Saturday to stop the bleeding. He allowed six runs on six hits over just three innings of work — his shortest outing of the year and putting the Nats in catch-up mode the rest of the game. 

When Gonzalez is struggling, his starts tend to follow a typical script: trouble with command — he registered a walk and two hit batsmen — and bouts with pitch inefficiency. Not only that, but he's no longer throwing his changeup down and away to right handed hitters anymore, instead catching too much of the plate, as was the case in the first inning on Saturday when Chris Carter launched a three-run home run. 

It's all added up to an 0-6 record in his last seven outings with an eye-popping 8.44 ERA. Ouch. 

Offense can't complete comeback: Though Gonzalez put the Nats down in an early 6-1 hole, they found a way to slowly climb back to make it a 6-5 game by the seventh inning thanks in part to another multi-hit game from both Daniel Murphy and Wilson Ramos. However, as has been in the case over the last week, that big go-ahead knock they needed never came. Washington had chances in each of the last three innings to level the game with the tying run on base, but came up short in each instance. 

Unlucky seven: The Nats' seven-game losing streak marks the team's longest skid since the dark days of 2009, a season in which there were four different seven-game slides and the club finished with the worst record in baseball at 59-103. Of course, Washington's come a long way since then. So while this current streak is sparking plenty of doom-and-gloom talk right now, remember that the Nats still own a two-game NL East lead over the New York Mets, who will travel to D.C. for a three-game set starting Monday. 

Time to be concerned about Strasburg? As if the losing streak wasn't bad enough, Dusty Baker told reporters after Saturday's loss that Stephen Strasburg will miss Sunday's start after feeling continued discomfort in his upper back. The scratch will make it two straight starts that the 27-year-old right hander has missed, so it's fair to wonder just how serious this latest setback might be. Can Tanner Roark be the stopper the Nats desperately need right now? 

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.

Dancing is not.

On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor. 

With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch." 

Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.

While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."


It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.

While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle. 

106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 am ET. You can stream the Sports Junkies right here

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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.

It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.

They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training. 


Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.

Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.

Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.