7:05 PM ET, June 8, 2010
Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
Strasburg lives up to hype by reaching 100 mph with fastball to fan Pirates
WASHINGTON -- Stephen Strasburg struck out 14 batters in his first game, took three shaving cream pies to the face, donned a silver Elvis wig -- then compared it all to getting married.What could he possibly do for an encore?Baseball's newest wunderkind went beyond the hype -- and anyone's reasonable expectations -- with an electric and unprecedented major league debut Tuesday night in the Washington Nationals' 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Most Strikeouts in MLB Debut *
Stephen Strasburg doesn't disappoint in his long-awaited debut with the Nationals, becoming the first player in MLB history with at least 11 K's and no walks in a major league debut.
Strasburg allowed four hits and two earned runs with no walks in seven inning while throwing 69.2 percent of his pitches in the strike zone.
Pirates C Ryan Doumit was out with concussion-like symptoms. INF Bobby Crosby had a stomach virus. Doumit will likely miss two or three games, manager John Russell said. ... RHP Brad Lincoln, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2006 draft, will make his major league debut as the Pirates' starter Wednesday. ... Among those in attendance was Strasburg's coach at San Diego State, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn.
Regular Season Series
|1st||R Zimmerman homered to right center (392 feet).||0||1|
|4th||D Young homered to right (389 feet), N Walker scored.||2||1|
|6th||A Dunn homered to right (416 feet), R Zimmerman scored.||2||3|
|6th||J Willingham homered to left (384 feet).||2||4|
|8th||I Rodriguez grounded into double play, second to first, R Zimmerman scored, J Willingham out at second, A Kennedy to third.||2||5|
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|Stadium||Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.|
|Attendance||40,315 (97.1% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||74 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Tom Hallion, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Ed Rapuano|