The Washington Nationals' offensive firepower was such Wednesday night that it was a fairly safe bet it was going to steal whatever headlines Gio Gonzalez thought about penning with his performance.

And then Gonzalez took the mound and opened with five no-hit innings against a Cubs lineup that easily could've had him, and everyone else in his dugout, thinking of the possibilities.

Everyone, apparently, except manager Davey Johnson who had his left-hander on a fairly strict pitch count after he used 119 in a complete game last weekend.

"I didn't want him to go quite that far," Johnson said. "(Even with a no-hitter going) I'd have still hooked him. He might have fought me. I wasn't worried about that. It depended on how he was throwing, really. But not if he was laboring at all."