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"I thought he pitched good. I thought he pitched good enough to win." (Davey Johnson on Gio, via MASN/postgame presser, 8/3/2012)
Marlins 5, Nationals 2 (Game 2): Death, taxes, and Josh Johnson beating the Nats. Bad sixth dooms Gio.
Hey, it was singles night at Nationals Park for the Marlins (9 singles, 11 hits)...and nearly everybody scored (well, 5 did)! Gio Gonzalez pitched good enough to win, but Josh Johnson pitched even better than good enough to win.
Before Game 2, Gio was seen on TV pretending to high-five non-existent teammates in the dugout...seems oddly fitting:
(Screen caps via MASN/TV)
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Uh oh...nobody told Jesus Flores about the Kurt Suzuki trade?
"I didn't know. I just know because you (told me). I didn't know. Nobody has told me anything. ...I don't even want to talk about it. I'm just in shock. I didn't know we had a new catcher." (Jesus Flores, via Nationals Pastime/MASN, 8/3/2012)
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