First Energy Stadium in Reading, PA is the venue for the fourth start of the nascent pro career of the Washington Nationals' '09 no.1 overall pick, pitcher Stephen Strasburg. The twenty-one-year-old right-hander needed just twelve pitches (seven strikes) in the first to retire the Reading Phillies in order, with a backwards K and two weak grounders from the first three Phillies. Strasburg threw twelve more pitches (9 strikes) in the second, got two more groundouts and one swinging K in his second scoreless frame, mixing a 95-96 mph fastball with a 77 mph curve and an 86 mph change that he uses for the swinging K from the sixth batter he's faced.
13 pitches, 8 strikes, a grounder to third, swinging K and backwards K, and Strasburg's through the Reading Phillies order once without surrendering anything. Harrisburg Senators' announcer Terry Byrom says the radar gun in Reading is typically a mph or two slow, and the fastest speed he's called is a fastball at 96 from Strasburg in the third. A groundout on two pitches to start Strasburg's fourth, then the first fly ball and a swinging K on a curve from Domonic Brown, Philly's top prospect. And Stras hasn't allowed a hit through four innings pitched.
The fifth goes just as quickly, in spite of a long fly ball to left that Bill Rhinehart brings in and a passed ball on a swinging K that puts the first runner of the game on against Strasburg. Two pitches to get a groundout and then an 8-pitch at bat before a second groundout ends the top prospect in the Nationals' system's day after 5.0 IP, 0 H, 6 K'S, 64 pitches, 42 strikes, and Strasburg even adds an RBI single along the way in what ends up a win after Drew Storen saves it...
(ed. note - "Dave Nichols from the Nats News Network tracked Drew Storen's outing in the Strasburg GameThread, follow both '09 1st Rounder's combined effort in a 1-0 Senators' win. Storen's Line: (according to @NatsTownNews):2.0 ip, 2 H, 3 Ks. 24 pitches, 17 strikes.")
Strasburg gets the W, improves to 3-0 in 4 GS. Storen gets his 4th Save.