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Class A: Lexington at Hagerstown

Aug 17, 2011, 8:00 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Stephen Strasburg returns to Hagerstown tonight for his latest rehab start.

HAGERSTOWN — Hello from historic Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, where tonight the low-Class A Suns host the Lexington Legends in the finale of a three-game South Atlantic League series. Most notable, of course, is the name of Hagerstown's starting pitcher: Stephen Strasburg.

Strasburg makes his third rehab start. He already pitched here 10 days ago in his return from Tommy John surgery. Five nights ago, he dominated at high-Class A Potomac. The plan tonight: Four three innings or 60 50 pitches, whichever comes first. (Considering he only needed 33 pitches to get through three innings at Potomac, the right-field bullpen could be getting some extra work in the fifth tonight.)

Strasburg will be facing a Lexington lineup that features second baseman Delino DeShields Jr. I actually covered his father's final season with the Orioles in 2001. And yes, it's stuff like that starts making me feel really old.

I'll have inning-by-inning updates from here. Obviously, I'm not in D.C. for the Nats-Reds game, but I'll have a game thread posted shortly so everyone can follow along there and comment as always…

Where: Municipal Stadium
Gametime: 7:05 p.m.
TV: None
Weather: Partly cloudy, 83 degrees, Wind 4 mph out to CF

HAGERSTOWN (68-52, 28-22 second half)
LF Michael Taylor
3B Blake Kelso
2B Adrian Sanchez
C David Freitas

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  1. natsfan1a - Aug 17, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    You want to talk old? I remember my dad and brothers listening to SF Giants games featuring the Alou brothers. Now, that's old. You're a mere pup. 😉

  2. sunderland - Aug 17, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    low-Class? Awww.Bummer that Strasburg has to pitch against not just low A ball, but against a team stinking it up in low A ball, 16 wins and out of the past 50 games. Ah well. Have fun Stras.

  3. Nats Outsider - Aug 17, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Given Stras' success last time against the slightly better hitters in high Class A, is there a particular reason why he was moved back to throw again in low Class A rather than up to AA?

  4. webman - Aug 17, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    This is about giving his arm a workout against live batters in a game situation, not working him up the ladder through the minors. They want to keep him in the dc area so he can sleep at home at night instead of in some fleabag motel 6.

  5. Tcostant - Aug 17, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    Back to Potomac on Tuesday?

  6. natsfan1a - Aug 17, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    If memory serves, only Hagerstown and Syracuse (AAA) were at home.

  7. Traveler8 - Aug 17, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    Isn't going to Strasburg's games rather than the team games sort of the tail wagging the dog?

  8. Anonymous - Aug 17, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    True enough, webman, but the Harrisburg Suns are playing at home today, too. The drive time difference to DC is maybe 30-40 minutes at most.

  9. Tcostant - Aug 17, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    To Nats Outsider said: you answer is that Rizzo made it clear he only wants Strasburg pitching at minor Nats home; so he may "control the enviroment". AA was on the road and AAA was likely to big a step after 2 short outings.

  10. natsfan1a - Aug 17, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Also if memory serves (the sequel), he's on the every five days plan, which would put his next start on Monday if all goes well (and I believe that only Hagerstown is home on that date).

  11. MicheleS - Aug 17, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Mark… just saw you on MLB network… Is he going 3 innings or 4 innings?

  12. natsfan1a - Aug 17, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Hagerstown Suns are at home. Harrisburg Senators are on the road.

  13. natsfan1a - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    Well, technically the P-Nats may be at home then but it's an off day.natsfan1a said… Also if memory serves (the sequel), he's on the every five days plan, which would put his next start on Monday if all goes well (and I believe that only Hagerstown is home on that date). August 17, 2011 4:57 PM

  14. NatsLady - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    For $6.99 (minor league TV subscription) you can watch it live.

  15. MicheleS - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    I have a feeling that MLB Network will have it too… Especially since they interviewed Mark from Hagerstown!

  16. NatsLady - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    Do you have to have cable to receive MLB network? Or can you get it on your computer?

  17. NatsLady - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    Was listening to Baseball America podcast. According to one of the guys, after the recent haul, the Nationals farm system ranks third in MLB. The other guy ranks the Nats in the top 5, or at least in the top 5 to 10. Considering that the Nationals had basically NO farm system when transferring here from Montreal, that's pretty amazing.

  18. natsfan1a - Aug 17, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    I think it's only available via cable, NatsLady. That said, the site does tend have some video clips:

  19. natsfan1a - Aug 17, 2011 at 10:09 PM

    (It being MLB Network and me still being in serial commenting mode.)

  20. MicheleS - Aug 17, 2011 at 10:51 PM

    SLATEN? Is he still around? Good lord they have buried him haven't they! And the answer to your question Mark.. Stras vs Slaten… hmmm…. tough choice, but I don't think Hazel would be asking you about Doug….

  21. Jim Webster - Aug 17, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    Natsa1a… Old? I remember listening to PHils in SEries…musta been 50 or 51.

  22. MIcheleS - Aug 17, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    hmm.. Not a good night for Stras… Hopefully, this is just a blip on the radar…

  23. flynnie - Aug 18, 2011 at 1:08 AM

    "That leaves Strasburg’s line a very unsightly one: 1 2/3 innings, four hits, five earned runs, two walks and three strikeouts. He also threw a wild pitch in the second inning. . . . We have rarely seen Strasburg so hittable." Adam KilgoreIt took him 33 pitches to get the 1st out against the lowly Lexington Legends, who are at the bottom of the low-A division. I'm sure there's an explanation. Anyone? Anyone?

  24. natsfan1a - Aug 18, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    I will defer to my distinguished colleague, Jim W. 😉





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