Steven Strasburg's inaugural start was quite impressive: 7.0 innings, 14 strikeouts, only 4 hits and 2 earned runs allowed, and the rookie achieved his first Major League Baseball win. With 2 innings left in Strasburg's second start against the Indians this afternoon - the young pitcher was once again solid, and is once again heading towards a Major League victory.
He tossed 95 pitches through 5.1 innings: allowing 2 hits and 1 run, striking out 8 batters, walked 5 batters, and is currently on track to receive his second Major League Baseball win, pending the Nationals don't blow their current 9-1 lead in the bottom of the Eighth inning; the odds of which are slim.
The youngster allowed more walks and pitched in fewer innings, but we must remember he was facing the Cleveland Indians, and not the Pittsburgh Pirates. Plus this was only his second MLB start in his short career, and we should not be expecting a masterpiece each time out. Not even Cy Young was that good.
In conclusion: Strasburg is an impressive Starting Pitcher, his Fastball is amazing, his Changeup is phenomenal, his Control is unheard of at such a young age, his professional pitching record will be 2 wins and 0 losses in a couple of minutes, and the Washington Nationals better treat this young man with the respect he deserves.
2 wins - 0 losses.
12.1 Innings Pitched.
6 Hits Allowed.
3 Runs Allowed.
22 Strike Outs.
1.69 Earned Run Average.
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