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Nats hold on in Strasburg’s gem

Sep 2, 2012, 11:31 PM EDT

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Stephen Strasburg may have had the worst start of his career just five days ago in Miami, but there were certainly no residual effects on Sunday in Washington’s 4-3 victory over the Cardinals. The Nationals’ ace did not earn the win, but he set his team up with six scoreless innings in what will be one of his final outings of the 2012 season.

Strasburg was razor sharp with nine strikeouts and set down a formidable St. Louis lineup, the offense of a team that currently holds a wild card spot and could be the Nationals’ first round matchup if both clubs make the postseason. His dominance of a possible playoff foe perhaps further sets in the fact he will be absent for whatever happens, but at this point Strasburg and his teammates have to keep their mind on the task at hand.

“I’m just focused on the next start. That’s all I can really focus on right now,” Strasburg said.

“I’m in it with these guys and we still got a long way to go but I’m going to fight with them until the end.”

The task today was to bounce back from that disastrous, five-earned run outing against the Marlins. Strasburg said he met with catcher Kurt Suzuki, pitching coach Steve McCatty, and even Gio Gonzalez in between the starts to figure out how to fix what went wrong.

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  1. Grandstander - Sep 2, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    So in his last 6 games, Zuk is 8 for 19 with 2 HRs, 5 RBI and 4 Rs. And that's batting out of the 8 spot facing some pretty good pitchers. Seems to be settling in a bit and maybe even playing above his head with the excitement of a pennant race.

  2. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Sep 2, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    So Friday is Jesus's last start, right?

  3. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM

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  4. Natedude10 - Sep 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM

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  5. sjm308 - Sep 3, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Love the Suzuki move for so many reasons. Most of all it showed this team that we were serious about winning this year. We made no moves at the trade deadline but how is this one working out? Of course I also love it because we had so many gloom and doom people just crushing Rizzo and pushing for Flores even though it was obvious he was struggling. Flores is a huge asset when he can rest and play two or three times a week. Suzuki is a gold glove catcher who has averaged 14 homeruns for the last 5 years.Davey continues to push all the right buttons. Did we play Tyler Moore at first today? No, we went with Tracy who went 2-4. Werth is cramping a bit, not a problem, just move Harper to right and who makes the huge play in the field?? Bingo. Burnett will get a couple days off, come back strong and I am hoping that Jordan Z will also have a bounce back game. I have 3 games in the next 4 days which will total 5 games in the last 8 days. My spousal equivalent is not happy but I have never been so excited (well maybe with the birth of both boys but this is close)Go Nats!! Go Playoffs!! Score First!!

  6. Swift Eagle - Sep 3, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    A great play by Espinosa to draw a throw to 2nd that ensured Tracy would score the 4th (game-winning run)…it's a play that doesn't show up in the box score or in his WAR or any other "advanced stat"…But it was a huge part of winning the game

  7. NatsLady - Sep 3, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    I think he also met with EJax. After the top of the first, Jackson jumped over the rail and scooted into the back, and nothing was seen of either of them until Stras came out to pitch (Suzuki was sitting on the bench in his gear). I bet Jackson saw something on his old team and passed it along.

  8. NatsLady - Sep 3, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Did RZ have two throwing errors? I thought they gave the error to Tracy in the first inning. Either way, that wasn't an error, it was a BAD CALL.

  9. Steady Eddie - Sep 3, 2012 at 12:41 AM

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  10. sjm308 - Sep 3, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    wow – Chipper Jones 3 run homer in the bottom of the 9th with 2 out to win for Atl as they score 5. I guess those thoughts of Philly challenging for the wild card are short lived. Still like our lads chances with 6.5 game lead.Go Nats!!

  11. md_schmidt - Sep 3, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Checked on that this morning. Box score shows E on Tracy. Horrible for 2 reasons: 1) runner was out and 2) Tracy made the catch and was on the bag.

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