Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Strasburg shines on debut night

In case you missed it, the most talked about National of all-time, Stephen Strasburg, made his debut vs the Pirates, and what a debut it was.  The sold-out crowd was on fire all night as Strasburg wowed the crowd with his electric stuff and pure dominance and command of all his pitches.  Strasburg threw 58 pitches that were 95 mph or more and was overpowering during his 7 innings of work vs the Pirates.

His final line: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 14 K

- was the best performance of any pitching debut all-time with 0 walks in the game.
- the Nationals, as a team, had 17 strikeouts in the game.
- it was the most strikeouts in a debut since J.R. Richard had 15 for Houston in 1971
- the Nationals sold an additional 2,000 standing room only tickets before the game.
- Pudge Rodriguez commented saying that "I've been catching a lot of guys, but this guy is

Video from of the start.

Post game: pie in the face!

Strasburg's next scheduled starts:

Sunday June 13 AT CLEVELAND

Friday June 18 vs CHICAGO WHITE SOX

Wednesday June 23 vs ROYALS

Monday June 28 AT ATLANTA

The Marlins also had a super-rookie make his debut Tuesday, as the much talked about outfield prospect, Mike Stanton made his major league debut.  Batting 7th in the lineup, Stanton got a hit in his first at-bat and ended the night 3-5, with 2 runs scored.  look for many nights where he is the hero, with home runs the most likely stat.  In the minors, Stanton hit 21 home runs in 52 games.

Other notes from Tuesday:

The Mets defeated the Padres with a walk off HR by Ike Davis, his 7th of the season.

Jeff Niemann fooled the Jays all night long, giving up his first hit in with 1 out in the 6th to Mike McCoy and remained undefeated on the season (6-0)

The Red Sox have a new all-time innings pitched leader and it's not Roger Clemens anymore.  Tim Wakefield beat the Indians and pitched 7 1/3 innings to become the leader for the franchise.  Wakefield now has 2,777 all-time innings pitched for the club, just amazing when you really think about it.  Wakefield in his career is now 191-166 with 22 career saves.

Zack Greinke moved to 1-8 on the season, as the bad luck continued.  Greinke gave up 3 in the first inning on his way to a 5 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 6 K line.

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