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Strasburg fans nine batters in fourth MLB start

Jun 23, 2010, 9:53 PM EDT

Stephen Strasburg made his fourth start for the Nationals on Wednesday afternoon against the Royals, and it went about as well as you might expect.

The rookie phenom struck out nine batters, issued no walks and allowed only one run over six strong innings.  He didn’t get to ball four on a single batter and 75 of his 95 pitches went for strikes.  Of course, the Nats’ offense gave him exactly zero run support and he wound up with his first loss of the season.

Strasburg, 21, is now 2-1 with a 1.78 earned-run average, a 0.95 WHIP and 41 strikeouts in 25.1 major league innings. 

He earned strikeout No. 41 with a knee-buckling 83 MPH curveball to Royals outfielder Scott Podsednik, snapping a record held by Herb Score, who struck out 40 batters in his first four major league starts back in 1955.  It’s no secret by now, but Strasburg has been historically good. 

  1. nps6724 - Jun 23, 2010 at 11:19 PM

    Kid couldn’t have asked for a better quartet of teams to face to open his career: Pirates, Indians, White Sox, Royals.

  2. leck - Jun 24, 2010 at 12:32 AM

    you think that was an accident?

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Jun 24, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Yeah, I want to see what he does when he faces the Braves, Phillies, Mets, Cardinals, or another team with a winning record and some major league hitters. The White Sox have gotten hot, so I can’t say they suck…when he faced them they were under .500 though, so he is really yet to face a team with a winning record. And I agree…this was no accident.
    His next two games will be at atlanta and home to the mets. If he continues to dominate in those two games, then that would be special.

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