It didn't help that Gonzalez was hit on his pitching elbow. He was shaking the elbow throughout the sixth inning, but he didn't give any excuses as to why he had difficulty on the mound.
"As a pitcher, you want to be as competitive as possible," Gonzalez said. " ... That's just me wanting to go out there and pitch. There is no better way to put it. I have to deal with it a little bit better. I have to be more aggressive in the strike zone."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.