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Stephen Strasburg returns after delay, fans 10 in win

Aug 21, 2012, 10:35 PM EDT

Stephen Strasburg AP

A 51-minute rain delay couldn’t cool off Stephen Strasburg, as the Nationals’ ace allowed one run in six innings and struck out 10 to beat the Braves on Tuesday night.

Ian Desmond and Jesus Flores homered off Paul Maholm in the 4-1 game.

It was Strasburg’s fifth double-digit strikeout game of the season. He improved to 15-5 with a 2.85 ERA.

The delay came with two outs in the bottom of the third inning. As soon as play resumed, Strasburg struck out Martin Prado on four pitches to end the frame. He went on to strike out two more in the fourth and the side in order in the fifth.

Given how careful the Nationals are being with Strasburg, they certainly would have been justified in shutting him down after the delay. Such a decision might have even bought him another start next month as he neared his inning limit. He’s at 145 1/3 innings after going six tonight, which would seem to suggest that he’ll make three more starts.

  1. dondada10 - Aug 21, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    If they had pulled Strasburg after the delay Rick Sutcliffe’s head would’ve exploded.

  2. raysfan1 - Aug 21, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Still don’t think they’ll really shut him down at 160 innings. I do think they’re watching tape of every outing and every bullpen session for his mechanics and any sign of fatigue.

    • natslady - Aug 22, 2012 at 6:12 AM

      Correct. All that was said was it won’t be more than 180. Jordan Zimmermann was shut down at 160.1. So that gives you the “range.”

  3. goskinsvt - Aug 21, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    They probably would have shut him down had they not used every member of their bullpen in the 13 inning game last night.

    • dcfan4life - Aug 22, 2012 at 4:29 AM

      Well not every member but the 2 key guys that can eat up innings in Stammen and Gorzalanny.

      • natslady - Aug 22, 2012 at 6:09 AM

        yes, every reliever pitched in the 13-inning game, and Edwin Jackson was warming. Your point is valid, though. Even Stras said he wished he could have gone seven or more.

  4. dawgpoundmember - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    I thought “the shutdown” was at 180 innings

    • dcfan4life - Aug 22, 2012 at 4:29 AM

      The Nats havent actually said when, or if its even a strict innings count, hence why they assume its between 160 and 180.

  5. wlschneider09 - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Tonight’s game was rather important, if you’re gonna leave him in after a rain delay, this would be a good candidate game.

  6. timb12 - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    Going by innings makes no sense. An inning can vary. Maybe I’m missing something but wouldn’t it be smarter to go by pitch count?

    • pdowdy83 - Aug 22, 2012 at 9:12 AM

      The media is the one that keeps referring to innings and a limit. The nationals have simply said they will shut him down based on observation and that he will not pitch more than 180 innings. That does not mean he isn’t on a pitch count. Do you really think if us internet blog commenters know pitch counts are a better way to monitor him that a major league front office, that has put together the team with the best record, doesn’t know that?

  7. dawgpoundmember - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    I agree timb, I wonder how many of those innings have been 20-25 pitches or 8-10 pitches

  8. 12strikes - Aug 22, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    Nat’inals management is dysfunctional. The GM is SOOO worried about this kid that he is willing to blow a shot at going to the World Series by shutting him down, but the Manager has no problem bring him in after cooling off for 51 minutes. I see what Johnson did last night as being MUCH MORE dangerous for the kid’s future then pitching over 180 innings.

    • nolanwiffle - Aug 22, 2012 at 8:28 AM

      I know, can you believe these guys? They’re overseeing a club with the best record in the majors at 77-46…….bunch of frickin’ know-nothing bozos!

      Or I suppose we could simply let the season play out….

    • voteforno6 - Aug 22, 2012 at 9:08 AM

      Dysfunctional? Davey Johnson had said that he would have shut Strasburg down if the delay had been more than an hour. He also said that he probably would’ve let him go a little longer, had it not been for the delay. Mike Rizzo was actually out there with the grounds crew, to see how long it would take them to get the field ready (which they did quicker than normal). It seems like they had set parameters in handling the situation, and they followed them. I’m not sure how that’s a sign of dysfunction.

  9. greymares - Aug 22, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    They’re not shutting this guy down, they proved last night that they are all-in for this season. Nobody brings this kid back in this situation, it’s only 1 game. as far as the bullpen being used up so what pitch a position player and get the game overwith. I don’t think they should ever be perpetrarting this farce of a shutdown because its not going to happen.

    • voteforno6 - Aug 22, 2012 at 9:10 AM

      It’s going to happen. I haven’t found anyone in the stadium who doesn’t think it’s going to happen. We’ve seen enough of Mike Rizzo to know that he won’t back down.

  10. Ryan Karhut - Aug 22, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Would not making him sit for 51-minutes leave him more vulnerable to getting injured?

    Young, talented, and benched?

    Give us your thoughts….

    http://wp.me/p11EPk-HI

    • pdowdy83 - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      Yes, it would, if he was actually sitting the whole time. He was throwing in the ramp to the clubhouse. 15 pitches, then resting, then 15 pitches etc. He stayed loose based on all reports from the Nats beat writers.

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