Bryce Harper tips Tim Hudson's fifth-inning drive over the fence.
Hitting lowlight: Take your pick in this department, but let's point out the lowest of the lows on a night full of lows: The bottom of the seventh inning. Ian Desmond actually led off with a triple into the right-field corner, perhaps bringing some semblance of life to the Nationals dugout and perhaps putting Hudson on the ropes for the first time all night. And then the Nats stranded him there. Tyler Moore grounded out to third. Chad Tracy struck out swinging. And Wilson Ramos struck out looking. That just about summed up the Nationals' offensive effort in this game.
Pitching lowlight: What to make of Gonzalez's start? Seriously, this had to be one of the stranger outings of his career. At times, the left-hander was completely unhittable, resulting in nine strikeouts in only four innings. But that's only when he missed bats. When Gonzalez found too much of the plate, the Braves ransacked him, producing seven hits in those four innings (every one of them rockets). Then there were Gonzalez's five walks, adding to his misery. Only five nights ago, he absolutely dominated a good Reds lineup, allowing one hit over eight innings. This bore no resemblance to that, leading to even more head-scratching when it comes to the top two starters in the Nationals' rotation.
Key stat: The Braves' BABIP (batting average on balls in play) against Gonzalez tonight was .778 (7-for-9).
Up next: Perhaps Jordan Zimmermann will fare better than his two rotation mates did to begin this series. The right-hander, coming off a spectacular 1-hit shutout of the Reds, will face lefty Paul Maholm at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday.