Strasburg Shines, Nats Get Win in Fenway

DC Sports Nexus ---- Friday, June 8, 2012

Nationals 7, Red Sox 4

Thanks to a huge performance by Stephen Strasburg the Nationals got a win in Fenway, the first in team history.  Strasburg was feeling it tonight and, besides a small 2-run hiccup in the 2nd, made it look easy out there.  He went 6 innings, threw a career high 119 pitches, and fanned 13 Boston batters on his way to win number 7.  Strasburg underlined his night by striking out Youkilis with the bases loaded to end the 6th inning, sending Youks into a fit of rage that would get him ejected.

Some nights this season if our starter gave up 2 runs we would have been in trouble.  Tonight was not one of those nights.  Espinosa, Harper, Zimmerman, and Desmond all had terrific nights at the plate.  Desmond continued to be "Mr. Clutch" when he hit a two out double in the 3rd inning to give the Nat's the lead.  Harper added to his homer run total with a monster 2 run homer that traveled over 420 feet.  Harper was only a triple away from hitting for the cycle tonight.

Brad Lidge was brought into his first game since his injury earlier in the year for the 9th inning with a 7-3 lead.  We all know that Lidge can be really good or really bad.  Tonight he was more the later, walking .180 hitting Nick Punto, who came around to score on a double, cutting the lead to three.

T-clip was rushed into the game once it became a save situation.  He got the final two outs against Pedroia and Gonzalez for his 6th save on the year.

O yes...tonight's game might have been 1 run closer if not for this sure-fire #1 web gem by Xavier Nady in the 3rd inning.  What. A. Play.


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