If the Nationals were scripting Stephen Strasburg’s debut, they’d be picking nits with any suggested changes to this. Then again, that’s what they’ve been doing with Strasburg for the last two months. But in all seriousness, this night couldn’t be working out much better for the Nationals so far.
On a beautiful night, in front of a sold-out crowd, Strasburg set a team record with 14 strikeouts in his major-league debut, and tied another record with seven consecutive Ks to end the game. Ryan Zimmerman, Adam Dunn and Josh Willingham have all homered, the last two coming back-to-back in the sixth to give the Nationals the lead. And they’re four outs away from giving Strasburg a win in his major-league debut.
Strasburg kept his velocity at 99 mph through the seven innings he pitched, throwing just 94 pitches in that time. To strike out 14 on that few pitches is simply impressive. He did a better job pounding the zone in the middle innings after getting behind a little too often early in the game. Strasburg came out to a thunderous ovation, and got a curtain call when the Nationals announced his two records.
We’ll see if they can finish things off with Tyler Clippard and Matt Capps.