GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Needing a win to avoid their first series loss in three weeks, the Nationals looked a big sluggish.
It was just one of those days for the Nationals when everything went right.
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.