The Strasburg Smash

DC Sports Nexus ---- Sunday, May 20, 2012

Nationals 9, Orioles 3

The fans stood on their feet and applauded as loud as they could until Stephen Strasburg had no other choice but to come out of the dugout and take a much deserved curtain call.  Strasburg may have pitched 6 innings and struck out 8 to pick up his 4th win of the season, but that was not why the fans were up and rowdy.  This ovation was because of what the pitcher did at the plate.

Strasburg hit his first career Major League homerun in the Nationals 9-3 victory over the Orioles on Sunday afternoon at Nats Park.  Stras went 2-2 and is now batting .375.  While he did give up 3 runs in the first 2 innings on tons of pitches, he settled in and cruised through the 5th inning leaving with a 6-3 lead.

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Bryce Harper also was involved in the decision in the 3rd inning after hitting a hanging pitch towards the right field corner.  The Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis layed out to make an amazing diving ice cream cone catch.  However, as Markakis hit the ground the ball popped out of the glove, giving Bryce Harper a 2 RBI triple instead of ESPN a Web Gem.

Then in the bottom of the 4th inning the two least likely Nationals to go back to back pulled off the feat as the pitcher & catcher, Flores and Strasburg, each had solo shots.

The Nats tacked on even more runs in the 8th and scored a whopping 9 spot.  That is unreal for this team.  5 Nats had muliple hits.

The managerial headscratcher of the day was when Davy Johnson decided to go with Danny Espinosa as the leadoff hitter.  Espy did get a hit and a homer and struck out 2 times.  Is this the right strategy for this team?

FP quote of the game: "Tyler Clippard getting lubed up in the bullpen..."

The Nationals only ended up with 1 win in the series, but the Orioles may be for real this season.  The Nats head to Philly on Monday night for 3 with the Phils...

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