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Stephen Strasburg beats Marlins, ends three-game skid

Jul 15, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

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Coming off three straight losses, Stephen Strasburg bounced back against Miami on Sunday, pitching six scoreless innings as part of the Nationals’ 4-0 victory.

Strasburg struck out seven in improving to 10-4 with a 2.66 ERA for the season.

Minus All-Star Giancarlo Stanton, the Marlins have scored a total of three runs in three games against the Nationals. They managed to win 2-1 on Saturday anyway.

Strasburg leads the National League with 135 strikeouts this season. Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty swore off strikeouts last week, saying his team is better off when the pitchers aren’t going for him. Strasburg, though, has averaged 13.0 strikeouts per nine innings in his 10 victories this year, compared to 9.4 between his eight losses and no-decisions.

  1. RedHeadedBastard - Jul 15, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Relax, all right? Don’t try to strike everybody out. Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they’re fascist. Throw some ground balls – it’s more democratic.

  2. goskinsvt - Jul 15, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    The best part was when Ozzie came out of the dugout when Harper was in the batter’s box and called Harper a ‘F**king piece of S**t.’ Anyone know what that was about?

    • RedHeadedBastard - Jul 15, 2012 at 4:31 PM

      The commentators were trying to figure that out during the game; It’s really unclear. The swearing, however, was very clear.

    • goskinsvt - Jul 15, 2012 at 4:40 PM

      Davey Johnson says it was a pinetar issue with Harper’s bat.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:09 PM

        Can you elaborate on this for those of us who didn’t see it? Ozzie was annoyed at Harper’s [excessive] use of pine tar, and said called him a F’ing PoS?

    • juanquixote - Jul 15, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      He also complained to the umpire between innings twice. I also caught Ozzie saying “F**k you kid!” when he came up before Harper’s at-bat.

    • baseballholmes1 - Jul 15, 2012 at 4:59 PM

      Ozzie is an idiot for starters, but the reason he swore at Bryce is because Harper got the last place available on the NL All-Star team and no Marlins got named. Guillen has been irate ever since.

      • dcfan4life - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:51 PM

        Thats not it, stanton was named but pulled out due to injury. And he was the only Marlin deserving anyways.

  3. natslady - Jul 15, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Don’t forget Ozzie IBB the rookie backup catcher to get to Stras, who singled for RBI. Stras now hitting .385! Guess Ozzie didn’t read the scouting report.

    • seeinred87 - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:04 PM

      And Stras took another walk.

      .385/.448/.654 for a 1.102 OPS. I’d love to see him with a Silver Slugger to go with all the other awards I foresee him winning in his career.

  4. voteforno6 - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Strasburg wasn’t at his best today. Still, he got the outs when he needed them.

  5. Old Gator - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Slobbering Ozzie continues to find new ways to embarrass Macondo, a town many believed had already used up all the possible ways to embarrass itself and was actually on its second or third go-round with most of them. Way to go, bufone del mundo.

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