Strasburg cruises and lineups

Stephen Strasburg continued his impressive start to the season today with a morning game–just the standard 10:30 a.m. start time–against the Reading Phils. So as your coffee was starting to kick in, Strasburg’s fastball was starting to dazzle and baffle Minor League batters. Strasburg’s first pitch was a 98 mph fastball. He picked up his second win and pitched 5.0 scoreless innings, striking out six and surrendering just one walk and a hit. He threw an economical 68 pitchers, 48 for strikes.

 

He is 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA (12.1 IP/ 1 ER) with 17 strikeouts and three walks in three starts.

Date               OPP       W      ERA      IP    H   R    ER  BB  SO      AVG

Apr. 11           @ALT    1        1.80       5.0   4   4      1      2         8     .200

Apr. 16           NBR       0        0.00       2.1   2   1      0      0         3     .222

Apr. 21           REA       1        0.00       5.0   1   0      0      1         6      .063

Totals                           2        0.73       12.1 6   5      1      3         17    .133

 

Here are tonight’s Lineups:

Rockies (7-7):

1.      Carlos Gonzalez – LF

2.      Dexter Fowler – CF

3.      Jason Giambi – 1B

4.      Troy Tulowitzki – SS

5.      Brad Hawpe – RF

6.      Melvin Mora – 3B

7.      Chris Ianetta – C

8.      Clint Barmes – 2B

9.      Jason Hammel – SP (0-1, 11.42 ERA)

 

Nationals (7-7):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Cristian Guzman – SS

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Willie Harris – RF

7.      Adam Kennedy – 2B

8.      Wil Nieves – C

9.      John Lannan- SP (1-1, 5.74 ERA)

*”The team’s had a little bit of adversity, and we’ve bounced back, which is a good sign,” Ian Desmond said. “We’re only getting better every day. I’m only getting better, the team’s only getting better, and we are definitely moving in the right direction.”

* The Nationals have plated 69 runs through the season’s initial 14 contests and that is the top 14-game run output recorded by the Nationals since MLB returned to DC in 2005. The best 14-game mark prior to this season was 64 runs recorded by both the 2005 and ’06 Nationals.

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