Nationals' Gio Gonzalez to start Game 5 vs. Cubs


In a windy and rainy evening matchup, Michael A. Taylor's 8th inning grand slam lifted the Nationals to a 5-0 lead over the Chicago Cubs in an elimination game.

Anyway, Gonzalez allowed three runs over five innings in the Nationals' Game 2 win in Washington on Saturday.

The Nationals announced their pitching choice on Twitter a little less than six hours before the deciding game is scheduled to begin at Nationals Park on Thursday night. Baker al+so said Strasburg would not be available and Tanner Roark would start. Hendricks started Game 7 of the World Series a year ago, allowing four hits and two runs in 4 2/3 innings. "It will start with Kyle, and Q's ready to back up like Jonny did tonight". Well, that's a dilemma that the Washington Nationals fans may be facing when their cities public transportation won't be running, despite it being possible.

Game 4 of the National League Division Series being rained out Tuesday provided what looked like a break for the Nationals, who trail 2-1 against the Cubs.

The Cubs have a quality starter from the other side, lefty Jose Quintana, to piggyback off Hendricks, but used Jon Lester out of the bullpen in Game 4. In three relief appearances, Quintana registered a pair of walks, allowed just one hit, and struck out three batters in seven innings of work that season. The Nationals, on paper, have the bullpen advantage in Game 5.