Apr 25, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT
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Stephen Strasburg gave up three first-inning runs yesterday.
Somewhat lost yesterday amid the angst of another woeful offensive performance from the Nationals was Stephen Strasburg's outing, one that began with a thud but ended with a bang.
Strasburg was roughed up by the Cardinals in the top of the first inning, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk, and looking very much like he'd be in for a long afternoon on the mound. But the right-hander immediately righted his ship and wound up recording a quality start, not surrendering another run before he departed after seven strong innings.
The difference in Strasburg's results from the first inning vs. the rest of his start could be boiled down to one key stat: first-pitch strikes. He got ahead 0-1 to only three of the seven batters he faced in the top of the first; after that, he got ahead to 13 of theRead more »
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