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Tag archive: Stephen Strasburg
Count me among those who are fine with the coming shutdown of Stephen Strasburg. Sure, it’d be nice to see him pitch into October, but I also want to see him pitch for years to come.
For now, I plan to savor every start, like last night’s dominant effort against the Atlanta Braves. Strasburg threw ten wonderful strikeouts in six innings, while allowing only 4 hits, one walk, and one earned run.
Before the rain, as the rain began to fall, and after the rain delay, Stephen was terrific. As were the Nationals, who beat the Braves 4-1, and in so doing increased their lead in the NL East to 7 games. This is fun!
Photo: Stephen Strasburg earns another curly W (his 15th this year) with a 10-strikeout effort against the Atlanta Braves on August 21.
At the same time, I sort of expect him to dominate.
In today’s 2-0 win over the Atlanta Braves, Strasburg struck out nine batters in seven shutout innings. He allowed four hits and didn’t walk anyone.
His teammates helped. The infield trio of Ian Desmond, Danny Espinosa, and Adam LaRoche made two sweet double plays. Jesus Flores hit a home run in the 5th that provided all the run support Strasburg would need. Sean Burnett got the job done in the 8th, and Tyler Clippard retired the Braves 1-2-3 in the 9th.
But damn, that Strasburg kid is a pretty good pitcher.
Photo: Stephen Strasburg warms up in the bullpen before throwing 7 shutout innings against the Atlanta Braves.
NL East standings, after the third home stand
What? A losing home stand? No thank you.
Winning three and losing four isn’t the worst thing, but all three series were disappointing in one way or another. Splitting a two-game series with the Padres was a missed opportunity. Ditto for splitting two-games against the Pirates. And losing two of three against the Orioles? Boooo!
The Friday and Saturday losses to the Os were actually pretty exciting—between the low-scoring, extra innings drama on Friday and the almost-comeback on Saturday—even though the endings weren’t what I had in mind. Thank goodness (!) for Sunday’s 9-3 adventure, including back-to-back home runs by Jesus Flores and the amazing Stephen Strasburg, who now has a .375 batting average (16 at-bats) to go with his NL-leading 64 strikeouts (53 innings pitched).
For me, both the highlight and the lowlight of the home stand was Sandy Leon’s debut against the Padres. I love major league debuts and was so happy for Leon, until I was horrified to see him helped off the field after being run over by Chase Headley at the plate. Please get well soon, Sandy.
Coming up? An important road-trip against three NL East rivals. The Phillies have been playing better, the Braves now lead the Nats by 1.5 games, and the Marlins can be pesky fish.
But I feel good about my team rising to the occasion. Let’s go Nats!
My goodness. That was some baseball game, although I would have preferred a different ending than a 4-3 win by the Dodgers in 10 innings.
Bryce Harper logged his first major-league hit and RBI, and his arm made its own debut with a bullet from left to home. Stephen Strasburg was terrific, logging 9 strikeouts in 7 innings, while allowing just 5 hits and one earned run. Strasburg also hit a double and came thiiiiiis close to adding a 3-run homer.
And then there’s Henry Rodriguez. In two-thirds of an inning, Rodriguez tortured Nationals fans by allowing 3 hits and 2 earned runs. He threw 3 wild pitches, and for all I knew, his next pitch might have landed in my living room in DC.
I’m always a wreck when Henry is pitching. When is Drew Storen coming back?
Photo: From a game with a happier ending, on April 18, Henry Rodriguez earns the save in a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros.
NL East standings, after the first road trip
Looking good after the first road trip. Two for three and a series win at Chicago? Check. Ditto at New York, with Stephen Strasburg over Johan Santana in game three.
Is it too much to ask for a win today and a dominant home stand? Nah, I didn’t think so.
Here’s to a terrific home opener and a happy day for everyone in Nats Town!