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 7:28 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:37 am

Strasburg's second inning

Reality met hype in Stephen Stranburg's second inning, as he struck out the side. Although he gave up his first hit, he  reached 100 mph on the radar gun and stranded the runner at first.

Despite Andy LaRoche's single to right, Strasburg impressed. Instead of just relying on the fastball, he showed off his curveball, striking out Delwynn Young on a slow curveball after a 100 mph fastball was low for a ball.

After LaRoche's single, Ronny Cedeno struck out on five pitches.

-- C. Trent Rosencrans
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Posted on: June 8, 2010 7:14 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:37 am

Strasburg's first inning

So, Stephen Strasburg is perfect through one inning in the big leagues.

Strasburg's first pitch was a 97 mph fastball that was inside to Andrew McCutchen, and his second was outside. The first strike he threw was a liner to shortstop for the first out of his career.

Neil Walker also took two balls before swinging at the third pitch he saw, a 99 mph fastball that he fouled off. After anther ball, Walker grounded out to first.

Finally, Lastings Millege looked at a 99 mph fastball, a curveball and then swung at another pitch for strike three.

Posted on: June 8, 2010 7:11 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:38 am

Strasburg's firsts

First batter: Andrew McCutchen, who after a 2-0 count lined to shortstop for the first out.

First pitch: 97 mph fastball, a ball inside

First strikeout victim: Lastings Milledge, first inning.

First inning: Pirates go in order, L6, 3U, K. Strasburg threw 11 pitches, 7 strikes.

Posted on: June 8, 2010 6:28 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:30 am

The other debut

If tonight is Strasmas in Washington D.C., then is it also the first day of Stantakuh in South Florida? OK, that's weak -- Kwanton?

Regardless, Stephen Strasburg isn't the only top prospect debuting tonight. While all eyes will be on Starsburg, I'm just as excited to see what Mike Stanton does in his debut for the Marlins.

Stanton is in the lineup, batting seventh and playing right field against the Phillies.

Stanton, 20, hit .311 with 21 homers and a .762 slugging percentage at Double-A. While Strasburg may be lighting up radar guns, watch for Starsburg to be putting balls -- if not butts -- in the seats.

What Stanton and Strasburg have in common is that both have been held in the minors beyond the time they were ready to avoid starting their arbitration clocks. If both or either succeed, does it mean the Marlins and Nationals didn't care about 2010?

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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