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Stephen Strasburg dominates Phillies for first career shutout

Aug 11, 2013, 8:40 PM EDT

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Starter Stephen Strasburg shut the Phillies out over nine innings, allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out ten with 99 pitches as the Nationals wrapped up a series sweep at home with a 6-0 victory. Today’s performance marked the tenth time in his young career that Strasburg went into double-digits in strikeouts. The shutout is the first of his career and we expect there will be many, many more.

Outfielder Jayson Werth continued his torrid hitting, going 3-for-4 after entering the ballgame hitting .542 since the start of August. Werth was on third base in the fifth inning when Wilson Ramos hit a ground ball to second baseman Chase Utley. Utley made an errant throw home, allowing Werth to score on what appeared to be a close play, but catcher Erik Kratz couldn’t hold onto the ball. Werth was a little shaken up on the play, and was removed from the game in the seventh inning, replaced by Roger Bernadina.

The win is the Nats’ third in a row. They will play three games against the Giants at home before departing for a ten-game road trip against the Braves, Cubs, and Royals.

  1. scotttheskeptic - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    As good as Strasburg was today, and he was real good, there teams headed to Williamsport who could have played better baseball than the Phils.

    I take nothing away from Strasburg, he twirled a gem.

  2. bobhorner - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    I’m upset that this shutout by Strasburg was not referred to as a ‘Maddux’, as he went 99 pitches. I imagine Craig is equally upset.

    • ptfu - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:35 PM

      Even more impressive to throw a Maddux while striking out 10. Strasburg gave up only 4 singles and a walk, and his defense helped out with two double plays and a caught stealing. Dude got a sac bunt down too. Dominance.

  3. Jason Lukehart - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    The shutout was also the first Maddux of Strasburg’s career. It’s only the 12th Maddux to include 10+ strikeouts (the record is 12, by Cliff Lee).

    It’s the fourth Maddux in Nationals history, including one by Jordan Zimmermann this April, to go with four by Expos.

    If you’re interested, you can find every team’s Maddux count (not including the 6 that have happened in the last three months) here:

    • moogro - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:20 AM


  4. natslady - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Department of Useless Statistics.

    The Nats had 13 hits, all singles (in 8 innings, since they were the home team). I was curious how often this happens.

    From 2003 to 2013 it’s happened 13 times that the home team has had 13 or mores hits (14 if you count today). Amazingly, 7 times the team with the 13+ singles lost the game.

    I got a retweet in my timeline for an article with the headline “Watching Nationals Baseball Is No Fun.”. Hey. This weekend it was GREAT fun. Blowout on Friday (9-2). Saturday, comeback from down 4-0 against Cliff Lee and Jayson Werth got his 1000th hit–a 2-run dinger that put the Nats ahead. Strasburg CGSHO–and hardly anyone left the game early even though it was 6-0 since the 5th inning.

    The bid scoreboard clock is broken (noticed that on Friday). Wanna bet they don’t fix it while we are on a winning “streak”? We never did find out why the starting time was 5:05, but a lot of the crowd liked it. I did.

    Davey left the dugout in the 7th inning with severe back pain (he will have a “procedure” and be back on Tuesday). The game managed itself, I guess. Clip said Jim Lett (bullpen coach) started to wander toward the phone–“we told him to sit down.”

    • tcclark - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      Glad the Phillies could help. Phillies Baseball: Making the game fun for everyone but Phillies fans since 2012.

    • scotttheskeptic - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:39 PM

      The Phillies’ broadcasters indicated that the “afternoon” starts in August had been shifted by the ownership/management to avoid the excessive heat & humidity.

      • natstowngreg - Aug 12, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        I could buy that. Though the Nats left us guessing as to why. As it happens, the Nats have only one home Sunday game this month.

        BTW, the Sunday, September 1 game vs. the Mets is “TBD” on the Nats’ Web site.

    • natstowngreg - Aug 12, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      Being at Friday’s and Sunday’s games, I couldn’t help but notice how much smaller and more subdued was the Phillies infestation. As expected, the front-runners and drunks (and the front-running drunks) did not appear. Indeed, I can say that the recent Pirates infestation at Nats Park was much louder than this past weekend’s Phillies infestation. Imagine that.

  5. scdocal - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    What team did Mad Dog play for when he won his 5 cy youngs. Oh wait….

    • misterj167 - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      Shh…you know they are “The Team Who Must Not Be Named”

    • voteforno6 - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      The first one was with the Cubs, wasn’t it?

  6. misterj167 - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Meanwhile, on ESPN:

    “Well Bob, there they go again, the Nats win for the third straight time, they look pretty unbeatable now!”

    “Right you are, Doug! This is one of the longest winning streaks in baseball history, and of course all credit to the greatest pitcher who ever played the game. The Nats are really establishing themselves as the team to beat going into the last two months of the season. I can’t see anything stopping this juggernaut from winning it all!”

    “Our aptly-named reporter Ivana Duharp asked outfielder Bryce Harper what he felt about today’s extraordinary victory…”

    (three hours and a lot of heavy breathing later)

    “Thanks for that interview Ivana, but once again, please keep your clothes on during these interviews! In other news, ARod. Here with that story is reporter Braunchs Baumer.”

    (four hours later)

    “Well that’s it for Baseball Tonight. Next, stay tuned for our new 8-hour documentary ‘Just How Great Are The Nationals?’ “

    • moogro - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:22 AM

      I’ll never get tired of these, mister.

    • voteforno6 - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      You really need a hobby.

  7. nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 11, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Amazing that Bill Baer neglected to note that what made that grounder to Utley memorable was that the Nats scored 2 runs on it even though the ball skidded just a few feet away from the catcher. Desmond decided to go for it too and scooted in safely behind Werth as the catcher dropped it again.

  8. vapor54 - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    All the Strasburg hype and this is his first shutout. Hmmm

    • nolanwiffle - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      He pitches to the score.

    • bougin89 - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      Yeah, it’s like he’s been on a pitch count/innings limit for much of his career before this year. He’s probably not that good.

  9. codyclement - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Reblogged this on THE QUARTERBACK and commented:
    This is a great story for Strasburg and the Nationals, but a better story would have been making a trip to the World Series last season when the team was hot before they decided to shut Strasburg down. This season Strasburg is 6-9 with an ERA under 3 in 24 starts which means he is doing his part to help the team win and simply not getting any help. The Nationals, who are 57-60, are currently 14.5 games behind the red-hot Atlanta Braves and have no shot at making the playoffs this year. This raises the question of whether sitting Strasburg down last year was the right move. While many people will debate this question it simply does not matter because the Nationals may have missed their window of opportunity and that is a true bummer for them and their fans.

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