WASHINGTON -- Gio Gonzlaez entered his start in Sunday's 5-4 win against the Brewers with 995 career strikeouts - 511 as an Athletic and 484 as a National.
It only took him 2 1/3 innings to reach the 1,000-strikeout milestone.
Gonzalez fanned Milwaukee second baseman Rickie Weeks for the second time in the contest in the top of the third inning to cement the achievement.
"You enjoy the moment," Gonzalez said. "When the players acknowledge it and the fans were acknowledging it, it's a pretty special moment in your career."
Gonzalez struck out the side in the second inning, but not without some adversity. A walk, a single, and an error from Ryan Zimmerman loaded the bases with one out. Gonzalez responded with back-to-back strikeouts, though, the latter of which came on a 3-2 changeup to Carlos Gomez.
"It's a bittersweet moment," Gonzalez said of his 1,000th strikeout. "It's a great accomplishment in my career and I feel just happy to do it here with the Nats. But at the same time, just a better outcome would have been nice."