For those thinking big picture, perhaps the most important inning of Gio Gonzalez's dominant performance against the Cubs is the one he didn't pitch.
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals were not part of Friday's blockbuster trade between the Chicago Cubs and Oakland A's.
One day after swapping Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon in the batting order, Nationals manager Matt Williams did a 180 with the second and sixth slots.
Nationals manager Matt Williams discusses some adjustments to Jayson Werth's approach to the plate, as well as struggles from Roark against the Cubs.
The calendar said Independence Day. For those familiar with recent and longer-term history, the Nationals 7-2 loss to the Cubs felt more like Groundhog Day.