Stephen Strasburg’s inability to get off to fast starts haunted him again to begin his second outing against the Diamondbacks this season.
In his first start against Arizona on May 13, Strasburg allowed only three runs that came later in the game, and took the hard-luck 3-1 loss.
With two outs Tuesday night in the first inning, David Peralta got a hold of a 1-2 pitch and crushed it over the right field wall to give Arizona a 1-0 lead. It was Peralta’s second home run in as many at-bats as he hit one in the ninth inning of Monday’s game.
Against D-backs starter Chase Anderson, Denard Span drew a walk to open the inning. But Anderson then recorded three straight outs.
After one in D.C., the Diamondbacks lead the Nationals 1-0.
Update: The Nationals went after Anderson the second time through the order. In the third, Span singled and advanced on a base hit by Anthony Rendon. Jayson Werth’s single scored Span and the Nationals tied the game 1-1.
Ian Desmond followed with a two-run single to left and the Nationals had their first lead of the contest, 3-1. That’s two hits on the evening so far for Desmond.
A bloop single by Bryce Harper loaded the bases for Asdrubal Cabrera, still with no outs in the inning. The base hit by Harper ended Anderson’s night.
Cabrera greeted D-backs reliever Eury De La Rosa with a double to deep right-center field and three runs scored to give the Nationals a 6-1 lead.
Anderson went two innings plus six batters(!) and allowed six runs, all earned, with three walks and two strikeouts. He managed 64 pitches, 39 for strikes.
Update II: Desmond is having a night, smacking another two-run single in the sixth to give the Nationals an 8-1 lead. Desmond is 3-for-4 with four RBIs.
Update III: With a strikeout of Jake Lamb in the eighth, Strasburg has reached 198 strikeouts on the season, a new career-high. He had 197 strikeouts in 28 starts in 2012.
Update IV: Strasburg finished eight innings, allowing three hits and one solo homer, one walk and four strikeouts. He tossed 95 pitches, 61 for strikes.
He improves to 10-10 after Jerry Blevins tossed a scoreless ninth inning.
The Nationals defeated Arizona 8-1 for their eighth straight victory and 71st of the season.