Today reminds me of one of my daughter's favorite bands: Hot Hot Heat.
Really sticky out here today, and the conditions likely played some role in keeping the crowd down to just 31,913.
Stephen Strasburg scattered 9 hits in surrendering just a single run to the Royals. The hits, all singles, weren't well hit. Most were of the flare variety, some were to the opposite field on late swings. It's not an excuse; he's going to have days like this.
He did strike out 9 KC hitters with nary a base on balls. He has 41 strikeouts through his first 4 starts, a new record, displacing Cleveland's Herb Score in 1955.For the staff, the count is 27 K's against a single walk since last Friday.
Give credit to Royals' starter Brian Bannister. He came into the game with a 5.70 ERA, but looked like a world beater. He, too, allowed only 5 singles on a day you were sure someone would elevate a pitch into the seats. Bannister, whose dad Floyd enjoyed a lengthy big league career (1977-92), threw only 48 strikes among his 84 pitches, but the Nats' hitters could do little with them.
Bottom 8, down 1-zip. Let's see what happens.