Nationals’ Strasburg strikes out 13 in win over the Pirates
Pitcher Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 Pittsburgh Pirates batters as the Washington Nationals went on to win Thursday’s game 4-2. Strasburg was dominant, only walking three batters and striking out seven batters in a row at one point during the game. Strasburg improved to 3-0 with the win.
According to MLB.com, Strasburg striking out seven batters in a row tied a franchise record.
PNC Park has been very kind to Strasburg. When he made his MLB debut, he struck out 14 batters over seven innings back on June 8, 2010. According to the Washington Post, Strasburg now leads the National League with 51 strikeouts and is two behind CC Sabathia for the overall MLB lead. While Strasburg was pitching very well on the mound, the offense for the Nationals did not score any runs until the sixth inning.
Roger Bernadina hit his first home run of the season to lead off the sixth and got the Nationals within one run. After Ryan Zimmerman walked, Adam LaRoche hit a two-run home run giving the Nationals a lead they would never relinquish.
The Nationals bullpen pitched three scoreless innings of relief as Henry Rodriguez closed the game in the ninth for this seventh save on the season. The team improved to 19-12 and snapped a three-game losing streak.
Washington travels to Cincinnati to take on the Reds this weekend while the Pirates take on the Houston Astros at home.