SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Rehabbing Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg looked almost perfectly ready for the big-time on Saturday night.
Strasburg was flawless through five innings before giving up two hits in the sixth for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs versus Rochester at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse, N.Y.
His perfect game was broken up when Rochester's Aaron Bates led off the sixth with a single to left on a 2-1 count. Steve Holm followed with another single, ending the pitcher's night.
The righty threw 64 pitches, 47 for strikes, and didn't reach a three-ball count on any hitter. He struck out seven batters, all swinging, induced seven groundouts and one flyout.
Strasburg, making his fifth rehab start in his comeback from Tommy John surgery, topped out at 98 mph twice, and consistently hit 96-97 mph. If Strasburg stays on schedule, he would pitch again Thursday, although it's not clear where.
The Chiefs are ahead 2-1 in the sixth. Both runs have been driven in by center fielder Roger Bernadina. Check out the in-progress box score here.
Lindsay Kramer covers baseball for the Syracuse Post-Standard