Stephen Strasburg is right back at it at Nationals Park tonight. He's struck out five batters in the first three innings, though he gave up an infield single and a double that helped the White Sox take a 1-0 lead.
Strasburg has hit 100 mph once already, and has two strikeouts on changeups. He went after an aggressive lineup with that pitch early, and struck out Paul Konerko and Carlos Quentin - two of Chicago's bigger bats - on changeups. The one to Quentin was 93 mph.
He did have trouble fielding a toss from Adam Dunn and getting to first base ahead of Juan Pierre in the first inning, which led to the hit that put Pierre on base to score the White Sox's first run. And home-plate umpire Gerry Davis came out to check on the mound - which had given Strasburg trouble in his last start - in the second inning.
But he rebounded for two strikeouts in the third inning, needing just 10 pitches to get through three batters. He's thrown 38 pitches, 27 strikes, through three.