Strasburg-mania has hit a feverish pitch. Ever since TBS announced that it would replace the Philadelphia Phillies vs. Boston Red Sox game with the Washington Nationals vs. Cleveland Indians game, the nation has been anticipating Stephen Strasburg’s second MLB start.
And it was not disappointing. His stat line of 5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 5 BB, 8 SO, 1 HR was excellent. He slipped on the mound because of poor footing in the bottom of the 6th inning in the midst of back-to-back walks to Travis Hafner and Austin Kearns. The Indians grounds crew came out to fix the mound but after walking Kearns, Strasburg was done for the day. The fans booed when he left the game.
Strasburg walked five batters against the Indians after walking zero in his debut though part of the blame comes from a poor mound. Still, the hard-throwing right-hander struck out eight and showed ridiculous stuff once again.
After picking up his second win in a 9-4 Nats road victory, he gets to go home to wife Rachel Lackey, whom he married in January. She was a water polo player in high school and his college sweetheart at San Diego St. All in all, a great day for the kid.