Nats Gonzalez pitches great holds Giants in 6-3 win; Harper gets four and Strickland six days in suspensions

May 30, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez throws against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 30, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

SAN FRANCISCO-Jeff Samardzija could not help the San Francisco Giants get over the ill effects of the Monday’s bench clearing brawl and subsequent loss to the Washington Nationals.

Samardzija lasted just four innings, allowing three runs on nine hits, not walking a batter and striking out five before being pulled after throwing 100 pitches and the Nationals defeated the Giants 6-3 before a crowd of 41,266, the 515th consecutive regular season sellout at AT&T Park.

Former Oakland A’s pitcher Gio Gonzalez pitched 6.1 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, walking three and striking out six and improved his record to 4-1 on the season.

Ryan Zimmerman drove in the first run of the evening for the Nationals in the top of the first inning, as he doubled in Trea Turner, who singled to lead-off the game. Daniel Murphy then singled in Zimmerman to give the Nationals a 2-0 lead at the end of one-half inning.

Gonzalez helped out his own cause in the top of the second inning, as he singled in Michael A. Taylor to push the lead up to three runs.

The Giants attempted to claw back into the game in the bottom of the second inning, as Orlando Calixte hit a two-run double to score Aaron Hill and Gorkys Hernandez. It was the second hit of the game for Calixte, who picked up his first major league hit off of Gonzalez in the bottom of the first inning.

Taylor drove in two runs in the top of the fifth inning, as he singled in Anthony Rendon and Matt Wieters. Jayson Werth drove in the final run of the inning, as he walked with the bases loaded to score Taylor from this base.

Bryce Harper, who was involved in the bench-clearing brawl with Hunter Strickland on Monday afternoon went 0-for-5 at the plate on Tuesday night, just one day after going 0-for-3 with a hit by a pitch.

In the aftermath of Monday’s bench-clearing brawl, Hunter Strickland was suspended for six games, and Harper received a four-game. Both Harper and Strickland are appealing the suspensions.

Michael Morse, who collided with Samardzija during the brawl on Monday, was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list and Kelby Tomlinson was recalled from Sacramento.

With Calixte on the roster, the Giants optioned Mac Williamson to Sacramento.

NOTES: Matt Cain looks to stop the Giants two-losing streak on Wednesday night, as he takes the mound versus the Nationals Max Scherzer. The two pitchers faced each in Game Four of the 2012 World Series, while Scherzer was pitching for the Detroit Tigers.

Sixteen years ago, today, Barry Bonds hit two home runs for numbers 521 and 522 in his career to pass Willie McCovey and Ted Williams to move into 11th place. It was also the 16 and 17th home runs for the month of May for Bonds, breaking the record of 16 set by Mark McGwire in 1998 and Mickey Mantle in 1956.

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