Stephen Strasburg pulled in the middle of a no-hit bid in his first start back from DL

Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg had no-hit stuff on Sunday, but he wasn't efficient enough to get the chance to finish it. After 6 2/3 innings of no-hit ball, Strasburg was pulled from the game at 109 pitches. This was Strasburg's first start since coming off the disabled list with a back injury.

Even if Nationals manager Dusty Baker wanted to extend Strasburg a bit in order to get him the no-no, this wasn't really all that close to being possible. At this rate, Strasburg would have needed 147 pitches to get through nine innings. His season high is 114 pitches.

Quite simply: With a 9-0 lead and Strasburg's health being of utmost importance to the first-place Nationals moving forward, this was pretty much a no-brainer for Baker.

Still, it had to be a bad feeling to pull a pitcher in the midst of a no-hitter. The closest Strasburg has come would be an eight-inning, one-hit outing last Sept. 15. He also has one career shutout.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered every World Series since 2010. The former Indiana University baseball player now lives on the... Full Bio

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