Stephen Strasburg Aces Major League Debut
The Washington Nationals unveiled their gem of a pitcher on Tuesday and boy did he sparkle. Rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg retired nine of the first ten batters he faced, en route to a 14-strikeout, seven inning masterpiece that had the baseball world applauding.
Strasburg, last year’s top pick, allowed only two earned runs in the Nationals’ 5-2 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates at the standing-room only Nationals Park. Strasburg did not allow a walk and his 14 strikeouts set a new team record. Strasburg struck out the last seven batters he faced before going to the dug out to a standing ovation. And as if those were not enough, he also buzzed through with 100 mph fastball in the second inning.
After giving up a two-run homer to Delwyn Young in the fourth inning, Strasburg was essentially untouchable the rest of the way. With Strasburg on the mound, the Nationals appeared more like a playoff contender rather than a team that lost 103 games last season for MLB’s worst record.