Gio Gonzalez confronts teammates in dugout after botching routine play, denies it

Angela Sun
Yahoo Sports Minute

Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez had a rough return to the Bay Area on Sunday. The former A's hurler made his first start in Oakland since being traded to Washington in 2011. He was touched up for seven runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings — but it was an incident in the second that truly frustrated the lefty.

With two outs and Yoenis Cespedes at the plate, Gonzalez got the A's left fielder to hit a fairly routine infield pop up. But catcher Jose Lobaton and third baseman Anthony Rendon let the ball drop and go foul to prolong Cespedes' at-bat. He eventually walked. That allowed catcher Derek Norris to follow with his second three-run home run of the game, which the A's won 9-1. After getting Alberto Callaspo to ground out to third, Gonzalez lost it in the dugout between innings. The former All-Star had to be restrained by Washington coaches after slamming his glove on the bench and appearing to yell at teammates. According to a report, shortstop Ian Desmond was the recipient of Gonzalez's angst — but Gonzalez denied it.

"Nothing happened," Gonzalez said.

Said Desmond: "I think I missed that."

Hmmmm. OK. Whatever you say, guys.

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