Posted on: June 8, 2010 9:49 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:30 am

Stanton's OK, too

Stephen Strasburg showed why his debut was a big deal and the other rookie making his debut Tuesday night hasn't had too bad of a game, either.

Marlins right fielder Mike Stanton has two hits as the Marlins lead the Phillies 8-7 in the middle of the eighth. Stanton reached on an infield single in his first at-bat and then single again in his fourth. Stanton led off the eighth inning with a liner to right and then scored on Wes Helms' triple.

Stanton has a reputation for his amazing power, but went the other way off of Phillies reliever Jose Contreras for his second hit of the night. Stanton also struck out once. Along with his 21 minor league homers at Double-A Jacksonville, Stanton also struck out 53 times in 190 at-bats.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

Posted on: June 8, 2010 8:54 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:18 am

Strasburg lives up to the hype

Although it seemed like nothing short of the season's third* perfect game would be a disappointment, Stephen Strasburg seemingly lived up to the hype. The two runs by the Pirates may have proved he was human, but the rest of the night made it seem debatable.

Strasburg struck out 14 batters in seven innings, including the final seven batters he faced and eight of the last nine batters he faced. He was lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the inning. He struck out every batter in the Pirates' lineup.

Strasburg's final line: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 14 Ks, 1 HR and an ERA of 2.57.

Strasburg's 94th and final pitch of the night was a 98.5 fastball to Andy LaRoche that followed two curveballs to start the at-bat.

In his seven innings, Strasburg hit 100 mph on the radar gun and showed off his curveball, as well. Only his changeup wasn't displayed much or as sharp as advertised, but it didn't matter.

Although the Pirates are 23-34 this season, Jonathan Sanchez of the Giants is the only other starter to strike out 11 Pirates in a game this season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

Category: MLB
Posted on: June 8, 2010 8:46 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:18 am

Strasburg will get a seventh

Despite throwing 81 pitches in his first six innings, Stephen Strasburg will get a seventh inning.

Thanks to Adam Dunn and Josh Willingham, he's also in line for the win. Dunn and Willingham went back-to-back to give the Nationals a 4-2 lead.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

Category: MLB
Posted on: June 8, 2010 8:30 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:36 am

Strasburg's sixth inning

Stephen Strasburg has struck out 11 of the first 21 batters he's faced in the big leagues, but his night may be over after 81 pitches.

If he's taken out, Strasburg may have done everything but get the win.

In the sixth, he struck out the first three batters of the Pirates' order -- Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker and Lastings Milledge. Strasburg didn't even throw a fastball to get Milledge, who struck out at a changeup in the dirst and was thrown out at first.

Strasburg is on a limit of 90 pitches.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

Posted on: June 8, 2010 8:16 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:36 am

Strasburg's fifth inning

Against the bottom third of the Pirates' lineup, Stephen Strasburg again went 1-2-3 in the fifth inning and recorded his eighth strikeout of the game.

Strasburg struck out Ronny Cedeno and Jeff Karstens, while Jason Jaramillo grounded out to first.

Strasburg has now thrown 70 pitches, 45 for strikes through five innings.

He is still working in the 97-99 mph range with his fastball and threw 14 fastballs of his 16 pitches in the inning. The slowest fastball was at 96.9 mphand fastest was at 98.7.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

Posted on: June 8, 2010 8:01 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:37 am

Strasburg's fourth inning

Stephen Strasburg is human.

Delwyn Young became the first player to homer off of Stephen Strasburg to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead after the fourth.

Strasburg gave up two singles to start the inning, but seemed to have a chance to get out of the game when he got Garrett Jones to ground into a double play.

Then on an 0-1 changeup,  Young drove a ball into the first row of seats in right, giving the Pirates the lead. The next batter, Andy LaRoche, popped up to end the inning.

Strasburg now has 56 pitches, 34 strikes, through four.

In the bottom of the third, Strasburg nearly had a hit in his first at-bat, grounding to shortstop Ronny Cedenio in the hole. Strasburg jogged out of the box or else he would have had an infield single.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

Posted on: June 8, 2010 7:42 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:37 am

Strasburg's third inning

In his three innings in the big leagues, Stephen Strasburg now has six strikeouts, retiring the Pirates in order in the third.

Home plate umpire Tom Hallion is doing his best Enrico Pallazzo impression, emphatically calling strikes and so far 25 of Strasburg's 40 pitches have been strikes.

Jason Jaramillo struck out looking at an 83 mph curveball, pitcher Jeff Karstens struck out on four pitches and then Andrew McCutchen grounded out to third baseman Ryan Zimmerman.

Strasburg will bat for the first time in the bottom half of the inning.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

Posted on: June 8, 2010 7:32 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:26 am

Stanton singles, scores in debut

While Mike Stanton is known for his prodigous power, his first at-bat in the big leagues resulted in an infield single off the Phillies' Kyle Kendrick.

Facing a full count, Stanton hit a chopper of Kendrick's head and the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Stanton busted down the line.

Known for his 500-foot homers, Stanton was recruited by USC as a wide receiver and cornerback, so he does have speed, which he showed scoring from first on Ronnie Paulino's double.

The Marlins lead 2-0 in the top of the second.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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