Jul 22, 2010, 4:26 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Stephen Strasburg allowed three runs but struck out seven Reds batters.
CINCINNATI — As he walked off the field at Great American Ball Park in the sixth inning tonight, his Nationals leading the Reds 7-3, Stephen Strasburg was surprised to hear a fan behind the dugout get on his case for merely looking like a very good mortal pitcher.
The soft-spoken rookie stared at the guy and responded: “Look at the scoreboard.”
Inside the Nationals dugout, Strasburg’s teammates perked up.
“I was like, ‘Yeah! Tell him, Stras!’” Willie Harris said. “When you see stuff like that, it shows you he’s getting comfortable. He’s believing in himself. That’s huge for him and that’s huge for us.”
As you can read on CSNwashington.com, imagine what level Strasburg can take his game to once he really gets comfortable.
NL EAST STANDINGS
WED: Nats at Rockies, 3:10 p.m.
FRI: Nats at Reds, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Reds, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Reds, 1:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
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