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A brilliant start wasted

Jun 19, 2010, 4:02 AM EST

It was the kind of pitching performance you might witness once a year: seven innings of 10-strikeout, zero-walk brilliance that left a sellout crowd (including the President of the United States) cheering and opposing hitters dumbfounded.

Too bad it all went to waste.

As Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals found out tonight, one fantastic pitching performance isn’t always enough to carry a team to victory. Read all about it on

  1. Dryw - Jun 19, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    I'm just glad that the boys managed to score one in the bottom of the seventh to prevent that beautiful performance from being rewarded with an L. A no-walks-and-ten-Ks-on-87-pitches loss would have made me cry.

  2. Anonymous - Jun 19, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    I may be in the minority here, but I don't think it was a wasted peformance for Strasburg or the fans, he gained more experience and the fans got to watch a very good pitchers duel. The team however took another hit to their confidence, this is when the veterans need to keep the clubhouse loose. Another chance for a win today!

  3. Big Cat - Jun 19, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    The Straw man was brilliant. Everybody talks about 100 mph and all that, but the kid is a pitcher. What a devastating change up and curveball. Wow! And Pudge knows how to call it

  4. Doc - Jun 19, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    @ Anonymous is right. Time to relax, and let what has been, become part of the past. Keeping the clubhouse loose, will allow for everybody to concentrate on what they can do. We all had the fun of watching a very well-pitched game. Nats have too much talent for this to be anything but a small slump in a 162 game–schedule. Better days ahead—GooooooNats!

  5. Anonymous - Jun 19, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    Is there an explanation for Nyjer Morgan's lead off out in the bottom of the 7th?If he is on base, even at first, the Nats would have had 2 runs in the inning, not just one.





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