Strasburg fastest to 1,500 Ks, Nationals beat Cardinals 2-1

WASHINGTON (AP) Stephen Strasburg's record-setting night ended on a somber note.

The right-hander reached 1,500 strikeouts in fewer innings than any pitcher in major league history, and the Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 after a long rain delay Thursday to salvage the finale of a four-game series.

Despite the strong performance by Strasburg, the Nationals (13-17) fired pitching coach Derek Lilliquist after the game and replaced him with minor league pitching coordinator Paul Menhart. General manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement moments after the final out.

''We felt that both the rotation and the bullpen, we thought that we had some flaws in there. We thought that there (were) preparation issues in there and we thought that we wanted to get a new message and a new voice,'' Rizzo said.

The Nationals began the day with a 4.95 ERA that ranked 13th out of 15 NL teams.

Strasburg (3-1) lasted 6 2/3 innings, giving up a run on six hits with two walks and nine strikeouts. He got opposing starter Dakota Hudson looking in the fifth for his eighth strikeout of the game and the 1,500th of his career - in 1,272 1/3 innings.

''It's pretty cool but I think I was told a long time ago that strikeouts aren't everything,'' Strasburg said. ''I think it's important to know how to put guys away when you have two strikes, but at the same time, I get myself into trouble when I'm trying to strike them out.''

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Boston left-hander Chris Sale held the previous mark, reaching 1,500 Ks in 2017 after 1,290 innings.

''Here's a guy that missed a considerable amount of time in his career and still has 1,500 strikeouts,'' manager Dave Martinez said about Strasburg. ''It tells me what an unbelievable pitcher he is and, if he stays healthy, the sky's the limit.''

Sean Doolittle walked the first batter he faced but struck out pinch-hitter Paul Goldschmidt on a check swing with the bases loaded to end the eighth. Doolittle finished for his fourth save.

''Obviously, I went too far,'' Goldschmidt said. ''It is what it is. I had three pitches to hit there and fouled them all off. Didn't get the job done, (he) punched me out.''

Hudson (2-2) allowed two runs, one earned, and four hits in six innings. Kolten Wong hit an RBI single and Yairo Munoz had three hits for St. Louis, which had won five straight.

The teams combined for 14 hits, all singles.

The Nationals scored twice in the fourth without an RBI.

Howie Kendrick came home when Munoz committed a throwing error from shortstop on Yan Gomes' grounder, and Matt Adams scored from third when Brian Dozier grounded into a double play.

''We didn't execute a play,'' Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said, referring to Munoz's error. ''That happens. Didn't catch it clean but he scored our only run, had three hits.''

The start was delayed by rain for 2 hours, 32 minutes.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: RHP Luke Gregerson (shoulder impingement), who threw to seven batters during a pregame batting practice session Wednesday, came out of it fine, according to Shildt. ... OF Dexter Fowler (illness) was better Thursday and Shildt was hopeful Fowler would be available off the bench after missing two games.

Nationals: RF Juan Soto (back spasms) was a late scratch for the second straight game. Martinez said Soto had an MRI, which came back negative, and is day-to-day. ... Martinez said SS Trea Turner (broken finger) could begin swinging the bat this week. ... INF Carter Kieboom, who was 3 for 22 since his major league debut, was given a day off.

PICKED OFF

St. Louis had runners on first and second with no outs in the third before Gomes picked off Matt Wieters at second base from behind the plate. Hudson then sacrificed Munoz to second and the Cardinals settled for one run on Wong's single.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (3-1, 4.06 ERA) pitches when the Cardinals open a three-game series Friday at the Chicago Cubs. Flaherty has not allowed a run in 12 innings this season during day games.

Nationals: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (2-0, 5.82) starts when the Nationals begin a three-game series in Philadelphia on Friday night. Hellickson pitched six shutout innings against the Phillies on April 10.

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  • W: S. Strasburg (3-1)L: D. Hudson (2-2)S: S. Doolittle (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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K. Wong 2B50110013.260.385.440.8253.5
J. Gyorko 3B50200022.160.222.160.3823.0
M. Carpenter 1B30000121.196.321.339.6600.0
M. Ozuna LF40100002.278.366.620.9861.0
T. O'Neill RF40000044.263.282.395.677-2.0
H. Bader CF30100110.232.386.429.8141.5
M. Wieters C30100001.357.375.357.7321.0
a- P. Goldschmidt PH10000013.262.348.508.856-0.5
Y. Molina C00000000.261.288.387.6760.0
Y. Munoz SS41300001.333.375.400.7754.0
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c- P. DeJong PH10000011.333.393.585.978-0.5
  • a-struck out for Wieters in the 8th
  • b-walked for Hudson in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Webb in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Eaton LF30100120.285.348.382.7301.0
V. Robles RF40000013.254.298.465.762-0.5
H. Kendrick 3B41200012.356.423.6101.0332.5
M. Adams 1B41100011.254.274.492.7661.5
Y. Gomes C30100010.257.325.386.7100.5
B. Dozier 2B30000011.187.295.330.625-0.5
W. Difo SS30000010.238.307.338.644-0.5
M. Taylor CF30000010.136.269.182.451-0.5
S. Strasburg P10000110.083.214.167.3810.5
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S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Sipp in the 7th
BATTING
  • SH - D. Hudson (3)
  • RBI - K. Wong (16)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Wong (10)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Wong 2 (2), J. Gyorko 2 (2), T. O'Neill 2 (2), P. Goldschmidt 3 (3), D. Hudson
BATTING
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Robles 2 (2), H. Kendrick 2 (2), M. Adams
BASERUNNING
  • SB - K. Wong (6), J. Gyorko
  • Picked Off - M. Wieters
FIELDING
  • DP - (Munoz-Wong-Carpenter)
  • E - J. Gyorko (2), Y. Munoz
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Hudson (L, 2-2)6.04212704.801.7312.5
D. Leone1.21000406.431.434.0
T. Webb0.10000006.751.050.0
PITCHERSIP
D. Hudson (L, 2-2)6.0
D. Leone1.2
T. Webb0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Strasburg (W, 3-1)6.26112903.451.0423.5
T. Sipp (H, 6)0.10000007.041.300.0
K. Barraclough (H, 3)0.22000201.541.63-1.0
S. Doolittle (S, 4)1.11001201.231.169.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Strasburg (W, 3-1)6.2
T. Sipp (H, 6)0.1
K. Barraclough (H, 3)0.2
S. Doolittle (S, 4)1.1
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Hudson 98-60, D. Leone 21-15, T. Webb 3-2
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Hudson 7-4, D. Leone 1-0, T. Webb 1-0
  • Batters Faced - D. Hudson 24, D. Leone 6, T. Webb
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 108-69, T. Sipp 3-1, K. Barraclough 18-12, S. Doolittle 30-22
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 4-6
  • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 27, T. Sipp, K. Barraclough 4, S. Doolittle 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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K. Wong 2B50110013.260.385.440.8253.5
J. Gyorko 3B50200022.160.222.160.3823.0
M. Carpenter 1B30000121.196.321.339.6600.0
M. Ozuna LF40100002.278.366.620.9861.0
T. O'Neill RF40000044.263.282.395.677-2.0
H. Bader CF30100110.232.386.429.8141.5
M. Wieters C30100001.357.375.357.7321.0
a- P. Goldschmidt PH10000013.262.348.508.856-0.5
Y. Molina C00000000.261.288.387.6760.0
Y. Munoz SS41300001.333.375.400.7754.0
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D. Leone P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-struck out for Wieters in the 8th
  • b-walked for Hudson in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Webb in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Eaton LF30100120.285.348.382.7301.0
V. Robles RF40000013.254.298.465.762-0.5
H. Kendrick 3B41200012.356.423.6101.0332.5
M. Adams 1B41100011.254.274.492.7661.5
Y. Gomes C30100010.257.325.386.7100.5
B. Dozier 2B30000011.187.295.330.625-0.5
W. Difo SS30000010.238.307.338.644-0.5
M. Taylor CF30000010.136.269.182.451-0.5
S. Strasburg P10000110.083.214.167.3810.5
T. Sipp P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Kieboom PH10000010.130.231.391.622-0.5
K. Barraclough P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Sipp in the 7th
BATTING
  • SH - D. Hudson (3)
  • RBI - K. Wong (16)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Wong (10)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Wong 2 (2), J. Gyorko 2 (2), T. O'Neill 2 (2), P. Goldschmidt 3 (3), D. Hudson
BATTING
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Robles 2 (2), H. Kendrick 2 (2), M. Adams
BASERUNNING
  • SB - K. Wong (6), J. Gyorko
  • Picked Off - M. Wieters
FIELDING
  • DP - (Munoz-Wong-Carpenter)
  • E - J. Gyorko (2), Y. Munoz
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Hudson (L, 2-2)6.04212704.801.7312.5
D. Leone1.21000406.431.434.0
T. Webb0.10000006.751.050.0
Total8.05212110---
PITCHERSIP
D. Hudson (L, 2-2)6.0
D. Leone1.2
T. Webb0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Strasburg (W, 3-1)6.26112903.451.0423.5
T. Sipp (H, 6)0.10000007.041.300.0
K. Barraclough (H, 3)0.22000201.541.63-1.0
S. Doolittle (S, 4)1.11001201.231.169.0
Total9.09113130---
PITCHERSIP
S. Strasburg (W, 3-1)6.2
T. Sipp (H, 6)0.1
K. Barraclough (H, 3)0.2
S. Doolittle (S, 4)1.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Hudson 98-60, D. Leone 21-15, T. Webb 3-2
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Hudson 7-4, D. Leone 1-0, T. Webb 1-0
  • Batters Faced - D. Hudson 24, D. Leone 6, T. Webb
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 108-69, T. Sipp 3-1, K. Barraclough 18-12, S. Doolittle 30-22
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 4-6
  • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 27, T. Sipp, K. Barraclough 4, S. Doolittle 6
  • 4TH INNING
    Dozier grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Adams scored, Gomes out at second12
    Gomes reached on an infield single to shortstop, Kendrick scored, Adams to third on shortstop Munoz throwing error11
  • 3RD INNING
    Wong singled to right, Munoz scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • S. Doolittle Pitching:
    • Y. Munoz: Foul, Ball, Foul, Munoz singled to center
    • Paul DeJong hit for Tyler Webb
    • P. DeJong: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • K. Wong: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Wong flied out to deep left
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Foul, Gyorko flied out to right
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Kyle Barraclough pitching
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gyorko singled to center
    • M. Carpenter: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Ozuna reached on an infield single to third, Gyorko to second
    • T. O'Neill: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, O'Neill struck out swinging
    • Sean Doolittle relieved Kyle Barraclough
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bader walked, Gyorko to third, Ozuna to second
    • Paul Goldschmidt hit for Matt Wieters
    • P. Goldschmidt: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Yadier Molina catching
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
    • V. Robles: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Robles struck out swinging
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Kendrick singled to center
    • Tyler Webb relieved Dominic Leone
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Ball, Adams grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • H. Bader: Bader grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Wieters grounded out to second
    • Y. Munoz: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Munoz reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • Jose Martinez hit for Dakota Hudson
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked, Munoz to second
    • Tony Sipp relieved Stephen Strasburg
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Wong fouled out to right
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Dominic Leone pitching
    • W. Difo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
    • M. Taylor: Taylor grounded out to pitcher
    • Carter Kieboom hit for Tony Sipp
    • C. Kieboom: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Kieboom struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Wong flied out to center
    • J. Gyorko: Gyorko singled to center
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carpenter walked, Gyorko to second
    • M. Ozuna: Ozuna popped out to second
    • T. O'Neill: Strike looking, Gyorko stole third, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, O'Neill struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • M. Adams: Foul, Adams fouled out to third
    • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gomes fouled out to catcher
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dozier grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bader singled to center
    • M. Wieters: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Wieters lined out to left
    • Y. Munoz: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Munoz popped out to shortstop
    • D. Hudson: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Hudson struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • S. Strasburg: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Strasburg struck out looking
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Eaton singled to left center
    • V. Robles: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Robles reached on fielder's choice to third, Eaton to second on 3rd baseman Gyorko fielding error
    • H. Kendrick: Foul, Kendrick reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Robles out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter struck out looking
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ozuna grounded out to first
    • T. O'Neill: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Neill struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • H. Kendrick: Foul, Kendrick singled to right
    • M. Adams: Ball, Adams singled to center, Kendrick to second
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomes reached on an infield single to shortstop, Kendrick scored, Adams to third on shortstop Munoz throwing error
    • B. Dozier: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dozier grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Adams scored, Gomes out at second
    • W. Difo: Ball, Ball, Difo flied out to right
    • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 3RD INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • M. Wieters: Wieters singled to center
    • Y. Munoz: Munoz singled to right, Wieters to second
    • D. Hudson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wieters picked off at second, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Hudson hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Munoz to second
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Foul, Wong singled to right, Munoz scored
    • J. Gyorko: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Wong stole second, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gyorko struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • W. Difo: Foul, Difo grounded out to third
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Taylor grounded out to second
    • S. Strasburg: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strasburg walked
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Eaton walked, Strasburg to second
    • V. Robles: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Robles grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ozuna flied out to shallow right
    • T. O'Neill: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Neill struck out swinging
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • M. Adams: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Adams struck out looking
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
    • B. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Wong struck out on foul tip
    • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gyorko struck out swinging
    • M. Carpenter: Strike swinging, Carpenter flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Eaton struck out looking
    • V. Robles: Ball, Robles popped out to first
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kendrick struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)