With his fourth start as a Washington National pushed to yesterday because of a rain delay, Gio Gonzalez faced off not only against the Padres, but another left-handed pitcher whom he could forever be linked. Tommy Milone made his fourth start for the Oakland Athletics and had yet another successful outing. Both pitchers were involved in a multi-player deal between the Athletics and Nationals over the offseason and both have started about as hot as any other left-handers so far this season.
Gonzalez after four starts has allowed just four earned runs in 23.2 innings pitched for an earned run average of 1.52. Milone has surrendered six runs in 27.0 innings for an ERA of 2.00. Gonzalez is 2-0 on the season while Milone has earned the win in three of his starts for a 3-1 record.
Despite pitching less innings, Gonzalez (27) has more than double the strikeouts of Milone (13). This has been the case throughout each of their careers as Gonzalez is much more of a power pitcher than Milone who's fastball is four or five miles per hour slower. Milone, however, did tie a career-high with five strikeouts against the Chicago White Sox.
Milone pitched eight scoreless innings and has yet to allow a run at the Coliseum in Oakland. After the start he told CSN Bay Area it was the best his arm has felt all year.
Washington traded Milone to the Athletics along with fellow pitchers A.J. Cole and Brad Peacock, as well as catcher Derek Norris. Norris has had the best success of the other three so far, he is hitting .357.364.614 with the Sacramento River Cats in Triple-A. He has three home runs and 15 RBI in 17 games this season.
Both Cole and Peacock have struggled in their new surroundings. Cole has pitched in three games for the Single-A Stockton Ports and holds a 4.80 ERA and an 0-2 record. He has allowed eight earned runs in 15.0 innings pitched.
Peacock saw his ERA go up to 3.86 after an otherwise strong start in Triple-A. He had pitched well through three starts but gave up seven earned runs in just 4.1 innings against the Reno Aces on April 23.