Manager Dusty Baker feels Gonzalez has allowed too many two-out hits. In Saturday's game alone, he allowed three, and two runs scored on those plays.
"He can't get that third out," Baker said. "Usually, when it happens, [runs score] after two outs. They bounced one up the middle on Gio that cause the run [to score]. Right now, he can't get that third out. Things aren't going good for us."
Gonzalez has a seven-game winless streak. During that stretch, Gonzalez is 0-6 with an 8.44 ERA with 48 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings. Gonzalez's problems seem to start in the early innings, and Saturday was no different.
"I have to do a better job of helping out our bullpen," Gonzalez said. "That's a crappy job on my part. It's unfortunate the way it's going."
For now, Baker is leaving Gonzalez in the rotation. The skipper also said he is not concerned about the lefty's health.
"You worry about his confidence and he has to get that third out," Baker said. "I've never seen more two-out hits because they are not easy to get. The opposition is getting that two-out hit with regularity. We have to stop them from getting that two-out hit."
Gio doesn't have an answer as to why he is allowing so many hits with two outs. He plans to maintain a positive attitude, though.
"I'm going to keep pitching until the ball is out of my hand," he said. "I'm going to keep fighting. I still feel that I can pitch in this game and get outs. ... A lot of balls are not going my way."
Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 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.