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Class A: Myrtle Beach at Potomac

Aug 12, 2011, 7:29 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Stephen Strasburg makes his second rehab start tonight at Pfitzner Stadium.

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Hello from Pfitzner Stadium, home of the Class A Potomac Nationals and site tonight of Stephen Strasburg's second rehab start. I've jumped off the major-league Nationals beat for one day to cover this game, but I'll be heading up to Philadelphia tomorrow for the rest of the weekend series against the Phillies.

The plan for Strasburg tonight: Three innings or roughly 45-50 pitches. I wasn't in Hagerstown Sunday for his first start, so this is the first time I've seen him pitch since that fateful night at Citizens Bank Park nearly one year ago when his ulnar collateral ligament tore. I'll be interested to see not only how hard he throws, but also how he commands all of his pitches.

The working conditions here at the Pfitz are … well, this isn't a major-league ballpark. The press box has room only for the two radio announcers, scoreboard operator, official scorer and one local writer. So the rest of us schlubs will be sitting on the metal bleachers in the stands. Hoping to be able to provide updates here, so please check back. I'll also post a Nats-Phillies game thread shortly, so please use that for tonight's game commentary…

Where: Pfitzner Stadium
Gametime: 7:05 p.m.
TV: None
Weather: Mostly sunny, 82 degrees, Wind 1 mph in from LF

POTOMAC (53-62, 24-22 second half)
SS Francisco Soriano
2B Jeff Kobernus
LF Destin Hood
DH Brian Peacock

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  1. Ballston Nat - Aug 12, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Too bad they didn't cut a deal to play this game at Nats Park. Better facilities for the reporters, and they probably could have gotten a lot of folks to come over for at least a couple of innings.

  2. Oldguy - Aug 12, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Have seen a couple of games there. The most impressive player in the games I saw was second baseman Jeff Kobernus. He made a couple of plays that reminded me of Danny.

  3. JaneB - Aug 12, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    We have a seat we aren't using in section 2, row b, seats 8-12. Come sit with us for a while! Meeting up with some Insiders before, too.

  4. Scooter - Aug 12, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    Oldguy, I'm envious. I don't think I've ever seen Kobernus — or he hasn't stood out when I was there — but he's apparently having a swell season.

  5. P. Cole - Aug 12, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    Can't wait for the Strasburg / Strausborger matchup.

  6. SacTown - Aug 12, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    I read Brian Peacock as Brad Peacock, and was wondering how a AAA pitcher became a A+ DH. Are they related?

  7. Scooter - Aug 12, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    No relation, SacTown. Brian is a catcher who's actually been with the P-Nats for a few years. (So, he used to catch Brad.) That doesn't bode well for his development, but it does make the fans happy. He seems like a good fella who plays the game hard.

  8. Court - Aug 12, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Does Perez usually bat 8th? That troubles me.

  9. face - Aug 12, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    I heard they ran out of Desmond bobble heads within 10 minutes of the gates – must be quite a crowd

  10. Mark L - Aug 12, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    The player to watch right now is Destin Hood, he's having a great season where each successive month he's better than the one before.

  11. JaneB - Aug 12, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    Drat! I was really really wanting one! Oh well.

  12. DCGuy7 - Aug 12, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    mark – can see you working hard on your laptop in Sec 5 just below the press box! keep up the good work!DCGuy7

  13. DCGuy7 - Aug 12, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    kobernus got a nice hit in the 1st and was caught off 1st base. do single A shortstops always play so deep? soriano's been basically on the grass for 2 innings now.

  14. MicheleS - Aug 12, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    Mark. Is it 3 innings max? Or do they go by pitch count?

  15. JaneB - Aug 12, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    Nice triple by another Siriano.

  16. natsfan1a - Aug 13, 2011 at 3:26 AM

    Reposting from the other SS thread. (That's what I get for having a not-so-smart phone.) We got there at 4:45, gates opened at 5:00, and we scored our bobbles. Evidently they were all gone within 15 minutes of the gates opening. On a player name note, I do recall watching a Peacock/Peacock battery at the Pfitz back in the day. Also, I was making with the Strausborger remarks during the game (SS will grill him, Strausborger: It's what's for dinner, etc. :-))Hadn't realized that Mark was there until another Insider told me. Didn't see him, although I did see Byron Kerr and some sister Insiders.It was a fun game and I have to say I was surprised at how many folks stayed until the end (although others did leave after SS was out of the game). Early in the game one of the staffers was telling some folks that they would have their choice of seats after SS was done, as 80 percent of the "fans" had left after he exited the game at Hagerstown. As we were walking out after the game was over, it occurred to me that some folks may have stayed later because the Strasburg jersey raffle didn't take place until after the final out. Clever. :-) Anyway, it was an enthusiastic crowd and fun to see so many in attendance at the Pfitz. Wish there would have been such crowds for their playoff games back in the day but oh, well.btw, I was not sporting SS gear. I'm undefeated at the Pfitz in my white curly w t-shirt, and we all know that you don't mess with a streak. Plus, I don't own any SS gear. I didn't win the jersey raffle but I did get a bobblehead. So there's that. Plus I got to see another P-Nats win.





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