Gio Gonzales Pitches Six Scoreless Innings, Hits Home Run, Makes Love To Hand

04/04/2013 11:14 am ET
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WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals are off to an excellent start. Their star pitcher Stephen Strasburg delivered a solid performance on Monday. 2012 Rookie of the Year Bryce Harper became the youngest major leaguer to hit two home runs on Opening Day.

Last night 21-game winner Gio Gonzales took the mound for the defending National League East Division champs. Not only did he throw six scoreless innings, he also went long, hitting a home run to give his team a 1-0 lead. The Nats went on to win 3-0.

When asked about the cold conditions, the Miami left-hander gave an interesting response. The Washington Post reports:

“It was definitely difficult, especially with this cold weather,” he said. “It was tough to get a grip. I felt like I was making love to my hand. Just one of those things where I was constantly trying to find some grip, somehow, some way. The rosin bag, whatever, licking the fingers. But it felt good after that.”

If making love to his hand means retiring 18 batters with no earned runs, let's hope Gio continues to make love to his hand.

We're glad to see Gio is safe from the dangers of Hollywood. Hollywood roughed up Gio earlier this year. His dog is named Hollywood.

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