Postgame analysis of the Nationals' 7-2 loss to the Reds on Friday.
How it happened: Gio Gonzalez got roughed up in the second inning, allowing four runs on three hits, and the Nats' offense didn't put a run on the board until the top of the 7th. Gonzalez had another rough outing, going six innings while allowing five runs on five hits while striking out eight.
What it means: With the Mets winning over Miami yesterday, the Nats' lead in the NL East is reduced to 2 games.
First isn't worst: Gonzalez might have been roughed up in the second inning, but his first inning was predictably strong. Per @NationalsPR, Friday night was the 31st consecutive 1st inning that Gonzalez hasn't allowed a run. The last time he allowed a run in the first was June 4th, 2015 against Chicago.
Welcome back: Nationals top prospect Trea Turner was called up again on Friday, making his 2016 debut with the club at second base. Turner, who's been hitting .310 down at Syracyse, didn't miss a beat, going 3-3 with a double. He's not expected to stay in the majors for long, but if he keeps hitting like he did last night, the Nats might have to rethink that decision.
That's... not great: The Nats were 0-2 with runners in scoring position last night. It's hard to tell what's less impressive: not being able to drive in a single batter in scoring position or only having two RISP all game.
What's next: The Nats and Reds are back in action tonight, when it'll be Steven Strasburg (9-0, 2.69 ERA) against Dan Straily (3-2, 3.43 ERA). First pitch is at 4:10pm.