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Stephen Strasburg stellar as Nationals prevail

Sep 2, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

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Stephen Strasburg struck out nine in six scoreless innings Sunday in the Nationals’ 4-3 defeat of the Cardinals.

Strasburg departed with a 2-0 lead after six, only to see that get blown right away when Daniel Descalso hit a two-run homer off Sean Burnett in the seventh. The Nationals came back with two runs in the bottom of the inning and held on to win from there.

Strasburg allowed just two hits and one walk in the gem. His ERA dropped back down to 2.94 after climbing over 3.00 in a poor outing versus the Marlins last week, and he reclaimed the National League lead with his 195 strikeouts.

With Strasburg up to 156 1/3 innings on the season, there’s a good chance Friday’s start will be his last. He’s due to face the Marlins at home.

  1. bigleagues - Sep 2, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    That makes the Nationals 19-8 in games that Strasburg has started this year.

    Kind of hard to replace that level of performance this late in the game.

    September/October is going to be quite interesting to follow.

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