Stephen Strasburg's return to the majors isn't going particularly well. In fact, this could be his ugliest start in 10 big-league appearances to date.
He allowed four runs on three hits in the first three innings, and gave up a leadoff double to Mike Stanton in the fourth. Strasburg's four-seam fastball has been flat tonight, and the Marlins are teeing off on the pitch. They lead the Nationals 4-1 in the top of the fourth. Strasburg has thrown 71 pitches to this point, 41 of them strikes, and it stands to reason he's got two more innings at most. Craig Stammen is warming in the Nationals' bullpen.
Strasburg wasn't helped in the third inning by a Ryan Zimmerman throw, which could've produced an inning-ending double play if it had been on line. But Zimmerman pulled Adam Kennedy off second base, and instead of the inning ending, it was still alive for Dan Uggla, who brought home two runs on a double after hitting a two-run homer off Strasburg in the first.
He's struck out four, and his fastball has touched 100 mph. But without much movement on the pitch, Strasburg is having a hard time with the Marlins' aggressive lineup, and this looks like a short night for him.