What to Watch for: 6/9
Washington Nationals (33-23) vs. Boston Red Sox (29-29)
LHP Gio Gonzalez (7-2, 2.31) vs. RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-0, -.–)
On the two year anniversary of his MLB debut, Stephen Strasburg fanned 13 batters, one shy of his career high, and allowed just two runs in 6.0 innings en route to his fourth straight win. Strasburg has now collected 208 strikeouts in 29 career games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is just the 6th pitcher since 1900 to reach 200 Ks in 30 or fewer games…the others: Hideo Nomo (23 games), Kerry Wood (23), Dwight Gooden (25), Mark Prior (27) & Herb Score (29).
With a two run homer in the fourth inning last night, Bryce Harper (19 years, 236 days) became just the 11th teenager ever to homer at Fenway Park and the second-youngest visiting player to homer at Fenway. Only Robin Yount (19 years, 204 days) did it at a younger age.
ROAD WARRIOR GIO
Starting with a road win win at Fenway on Aug. 26, 2011, Gio Gonzalez is 8-1 with a 2.19 ERA in last 10 road starts. For 2012, Gio is 4-1 with a 2.67 ERA in six road starts, with his lone defeat coming at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers on 4/29.
A pair of “Tylers” made their mark on last night’s 7-4 victory over the Red Sox. Recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on 6/7, Tyler Moore collected his first career multi-hit game and legged out his first career double, finishing the night 2-for-4 with a double and three runs scored.
Tyler Clippard came in for Brad Lidge in the ninth inning with Daniel Nava on second base and one out. He induced two fly outs by Dustin Pedrioa and Adrian Gonzalez to record his sixth save of the season.