Nationals' Gio Gonzalez Records 1,000th Strikeout of Career

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffJuly 23, 2014

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez delivers a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 20, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez recorded the 1,000th strikeout of his career in Sunday's 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers, putting a lone bright spot on what was otherwise a poor outing.

Though his team ultimately got the win, the 28-year-old lefty lasted just 3.1 innings, marking his second-shortest outing of the season. He did strike out five of the 18 hitters he faced but also allowed three runs on four hits and three walks, needing 88 pitches to retire just 10 batters.

While only 489 of his punchouts have come as a member of the Nationals, Gonzalez became the first player in franchise history to record his 1,000th career strikeout in a Nats uniform, per MASN Sports. The other 511 strikeouts all came with the Oakland Athletics, for whom he played from 2008 to 2011.

According to Baseball-Reference.com, Gonzalez is one of 53 active players with 1,000 or more career strikeouts. He's the fourth-youngest player on the list.

While younger than Gonzalez by a bit more than five months, Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners incredibly has 1,866 career strikeouts to his name.

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