Wade Miley

Wednesday's Red Sox-Nationals matchups: Wade Miley vs. Gio Gonzalez

April 15, 2015 - 4:16 am
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The Red Sox will close out a three-game series against the Nationals looking for a sweep as Wade Miley takes the mound opposite Gio Gonzalez at Fenway Park on Wednesday. In his first outing of the season, Miley got a no decision against the Yankees in a game that would become the longest by time in Red Sox history. The 28-year-old lefty, who came over from Arizona in the offseason, pitched 5 1/3 innings out of 19 that were played before the Red Sox won, 6-5. Miley left the game in position to get a win, but New York tied the game in the ninth. Miley allowed two runs -- one of which scored as an inherited runner when Robbie Ross took over in the sixth -- on four hits and two walks while striking out six. Prior to that start, Miley had some good outings in spring training, posting a 3.71 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP and 11 strikeouts over 17 innings. Miley has faced Washington four times in his career, going 1-2 with a 2.03 ERA and a 1.613 WHIP. In his lone outing against the Nationals last season, Miley threw 6 2/3 shutout innings, allowing eight hits and six walks while striking out four. Wednesday will mark Miley's first career start at Fenway. Miley's opponent on the mound will be Gonzalez, a two-time All-Star left-hander. In his first outing this season, the 29-year-old Florida native took the loss against the Phillies. Through 6 1/3 innings he allowed three runs on five hits, four walks and a hit batsman while striking out four. Last season with the Nationals, Gonzalez went 10-10 with a 3.57 ERA, a 1.197 WHIP and 162 strikeouts. He has a 3-1 career record against the Red Sox. In four career starts at Fenway Park, Gonzalez is 2-0 with a 4.84 ERA, a 1.567 WHIP and 23 strikeouts and 22 1/3 innings. Nationals vs. Miley (LHP) Danny Espinosa (9 plate appearances): .333 AVG/.333 OBP/.444 SLG, 1 double, 3 strikeouts Ryan Zimmerman (9): .571/.667/1.000, 3 doubles, 3 RBIs, 2 walks Tyler Moore (8): .375/.375/.750, 1 home run, 1 RBI Dan Uggla (8): .286/.250/.714, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 strikeouts Yunel Escobar (6): .200/.333/.200, 1 walk Bryce Harper (3): .667/.667/.667 Wilson Ramos (3): .667/.667/.667 Ian Desmond has a walk and two strikeouts in six plate appearances vs. Miley. Jose Lobaton has one strikeout in six plate appearances vs. Miley. Reed Johnson has one strikeout in four plate appearances vs. Miley. Clint Robinson, Michael Taylor and Jayson Werth have not faced Miley. Red Sox vs. Gonzalez (LHP) David Ortiz (15): .308/.400/.692, 1 HR, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (15): .154/.267/.385, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts Mike Napoli (13): .200/.385/.600, 1 HR, 1 double, 5 RBIs, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts Hanley Ramirez (12): .167/.167/.167, 6 strikeouts Pablo Sandoval (11): .100/.182/.100, 1 RBI, 1 walk Allen Craig (7): .429/.429/.571, 1 double, 1 strikeout Shane Victorino (6): .400/.500/.800, 2 doubles, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Daniel Nava is 0-for-3 in three plate appearances vs. Gonzalez. Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Ryan Hanigan, Sandy Leon and Brock Holt have not faced Gonzalez.

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