Gio Gonzalez didn't have his best game yesterday as he allowed 5 runs in his short 5 inning performance. Go gave up 9 hits and walked 2 and seemed to disagree with the strike zone of home plate umpire Rob Drake. Gio is the kind of guy who wears his emotions on his sleeve and it did not help him one bit. Later in the game Bryce Harper was called out on a check swing and instead of simply accepting it, he asked the home plate umpire to check with the 3rd base umpire. Sadly, Rob Drake's ego was far too large and Harper argued quite vehemently. As a result, Harper was ejected, then Matt Williams decided to get in on the fun and ended up joining Harper in the club house. With Harper out of the game, Michael A. Taylor took the batter's box with the bases loaded. On the 1-0 pitch, he swung for a deep drive to center field and brought the Nationals from a 6-5 deficit to a 9-6 lead. The Nationals stole the series as a result winning 2 of 3 games in Arizona. Today, the Nationals are in San Diego and Doug Fister will match up against Tyson Ross for the 1st game of a 4 game series.
Doug Fister has been pretty steady all season and the Nationals have been in the games he's started as a result. He is yet to allow more than 4 earned runs in any of his starts so far and he's gone into the 7th inning for most of his starts. He is always fun to watch, too since he moves so quickly and keeps both the defense and the opposing batters on their toes the whole time. A park like Petco is good news for a guy like fister, as it generally will favor the pitchers and Fister is a guy who relies on his defense. Fister has not faced the Current Padres lineup much, but what he has seen of them is definitely favorable especially at Petco Park.
Fister vs. Current Padres
Tyson Ross has fit in well at Petco Park as most pitchers do. He is currently in his 3rd season as a Padre and he's had a sub 4 ERA and low FIP the entire time he's been there. His current strikeout numbers are pretty excellent and only slightly higher than his career norm. Conversely, his walk rate is very, very high with a current 5.1 BB/9, but it is possible that he could bring that down as his career norm is in the mid 3 range. Tonight we'll hope that he doesn't get it straight, and he doesn't have the same luck he's had in his last couple of starts where he's gone deep into the game. The Nationals haven't seen Ross a lot, which makes sense due to the fact he's only ever played out West. However, the samples that do exist show some fair hitting against Ross.
Ross vs. Current Nationals