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#901 Washington
Nationals -130
#902 Pittsburgh
Pirates 9

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 12:35pm

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Game Stats

Washington Nationals

46 - 45


Pittsburgh Pirates

42 - 49


Washington Nationals (45-45 SU, 43-46 ATS, 36-51-2 O/U) at Pittsburgh Pirates (42-48 SU, 40-49 SU, 44-39-6 O/U)

When and Where: Wednesday, July 11, PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pa., 12:35 p.m. EDT.

Gio Gonzalez looks to end his longest winless spell in nearly four years Wednesday when the Washington Nationals wrap up a three-game series versus the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

Gonzalez looks to end woes in final start before All-Star break

Gonzalez (6-5, 3.76 ERA) is looking to avoid an eighth consecutive start without a win since beating Baltimore on May 28, going 0-3 with a 7.18 ERA in that stretch.

It’s his longest winless spell since going nine starts between wins from July 10-Aug. 26, 2014. The left-hander again struggled with his control Saturday, walking four while yielding two runs and eight hits in five innings. Gonzalez did not get a decision in Washington’s 3-2 win over Miami and has been backed with just five runs in his last four starts.

Gonzalez has fared well against Pittsburgh, going 4-1 with a 3.88 ERA in nine career starts versus the Pirates. But he took that loss in his most recent outing, getting tagged for six runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings in an 11-8 loss Oct. 1.

The lefty is 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in three career starts at PNC Park but has not pitched there since 2016.

Josh Harrison has given Gonzalez all sorts of problems, going 6 for 12 with two homers. Jordy Mercer is 3 for 7 with a pair of doubles, and Starling Marte has taken him deep once while going 5 for 18.

Williams looks to avoid fourth consecutive losing start

Trevor Williams (6-7, 4.60 ERA) tries again to match a single-season career high for wins as he gets the ball looking to avoid a fourth consecutive losing start for Pittsburgh.

The right-hander has an 8.31 ERA in his three-start losing streak, getting tagged for 12 runs and 14 hits in 13 innings. Williams got a quick hook Saturday against Philadelphia, giving up five runs in 2 1-3 innings of a 17-6 defeat, and seven of the 14 hits he has allowed in his swoon have gone for extra bases.

Williams had one bad inning cost him in his only prior start versus Washington on May 3, giving up home runs to Trea Turner and Ryan Zimmerman two batters apart as he was reached for three runs and four hits in 5 2-3 innings of a 3-1 defeat in the nation’s capital.

Both Turner and Zimmerman are 1 for 3 in their matchups, while Matt Adams‘ triple is his lone hit in six at-bats against the righty.


The Nationals are:

  • 6-2 in Gonzalez’s last eight starts vs. the Pirates.
  • 5-1 in Gonzalez’s last six starts during game 3 of a series.

The Pirates are:

  • 1-4 in Williams’ last five starts.
  • 2-12 in their last 14 games vs. left-handed starters.
  • 1-4 in their last five home games vs. left-handed starters.

Despite going 0 for 9 in his last two games heading into Tuesday’s contest, Turner is still hitting .337 with four homers and 12 RBIs in his last 20. He is 6 for 20 with a homer in five games versus Pittsburgh this season.

Pick: Nationals and OVER 9 runs

Chris Altruda

A 1994 graduate of Marquette University when they were known as the Warriors and Brooklyn native, Chris Altruda is a freelance sportswriter based in Chicago. He has worked at three major U.S. wire services and also has prior experience in sports handicapping and daily fantasy roster building. Now that the Cubs have won a World Series, he holds out hope the Jets will win a Super Bowl before he dies. Can be followed on Twitter at @AlTruda73.


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