Gio Gonzalez walks 4, Cardinals take 2-1 lead in 2nd

In the top of the second inning, Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright got into a big bases-loaded jam. He escaped after allowing just one run.

In the bottom of the second inning, Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez got into a bigger bases-loaded jam, and this was completely self-inflicted as Gonzalez walked four of the first five batters he faced, including Wainwright. This was spectacularly unexpected; with a walk in the first, Gonzalez has issued five walks already, equaling his high for a whole game during the regular season. Essentially, he looks like a guy who hasn't pitched in a while. Which Gonzalez hasn't.

But just as with Wainwright, it could have have been a lot worse for Gonzalez. After uncorking a wild pitch that brought home one run, walking Wainwright to reload the bases, and giving up a sacrifice fly to Jon Jay, Gonzalez retired Carlos Beltran on a fly ball to end the rally.

So after two innings and a lot more wildness than we expected, the score is Cardinals 2, Nationals 1.

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