Washington Nationals' Stephen Strasburg's Final Double-A Start?

Stephen Strasburg, the Washington Nationals' '09 no.1 overall pick, pitched what may be his final Double-A start this afternoon in Harrisburg, PA. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

According to MLB.com's Bill Ladson's article on Saturday entitled, "Strasburg targeted for Triple-A", the Washington Nationals' '09 no.1 overall pick, pitcher Stephen Strasburg would be making the jump from Double-A Harrisburg to Triple-A Syracuse this week, "...provided the weather is good for Sunday's game and he dominates on the mound." In Strasburg's fifth start for the Harrisburg Senators, the 21-year-old right-hander ran into an Altoona Curve team that was determined to spoil Strasburg's going away party in front of a packed house in the Senators' home, Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg, PA. Strasburg ends up going 4.2 innings, giving up 6 hits, 3 walks and 4 runs, 3 ER, with 1 HBP and 4 K's. Strasburg throws 79 pitches total, 49 for strikes.

WTOP Radio (103.5) in DC's Craig Heist (@cheist) was watching in Harrisburg, and reported via Twitter that, "Of the 22 batters Strasburg faced, he was behind on 9 of them." MLB.com's Zach Schonbrun writes in a post game article entitled, "Strasburg endures first shaky start", that Strasburg's troubles could be traced to, "...a tight strike zone by umpire Jon Byrne, a trigger-happy Curve lineup, and some uncharacteristic wildness," from Strasburg. Strasburg suffers his first loss, and if he's done in Double-A after today, he finishes his time with the Senators with a (3-1) record in 5 starts and 22.0 IP over which he gives up 7 hits, 9 runs, 4 earned and 6 walks (2.45 BB/9) with 27 K's (11.05 K/9) collected. 

• Pitch by Pitch (-1) after the JUMP..

Strasburg pitch by pitch: (ed. note - Pitch missing in there somewhere.)

First Inning:
Strasburg vs d'Arnaud: 

-- FB 97 called strike. 
-- popped foul. 97 mph FB. 
-- FB, ball, 1-2. 
-- Curve ball for swinging K. 

Strasburg vs Gorkys Hernandez

-- FB bounced to second. Two down. 

Strasburg vs Mercer:

-- Curve 81 mph, 0-1.
-- FB 97 mph ground to mound. Three outs.
2nd Inning: 
Strasburg vs Hague: 

-- FB 97, ball 1-0.
-- FB strike 97, 1-1. 
-- Curve, low 81 mph. 2-1.
-- High FB, 3-1. 
-- FB, Ball four low on check swing. 

Strasburg vs Negrych: 

-- FB strike, 0-1. 
-- Change, 88 mph strike, 0-2. 
-- 0-2 low, change. 1-2. 
-- Curve, grounder to short, infield hit. 

Strasburg vs Durham: 
 
-- FB, 97 mph strike 0-1. 
-- Curve low, 1-1. 
-- Single to short left, bases loaded. 

Strasburg vs Presley:

-- FB inside, 97 mph, 1-0.
-- 1-0, fouled FB, 1-1. 
-- Chopper for a single, two runs score 2-1 Curve. 

Strasburg vs Watt: 

-- FB Ball, 0-1. 
-- FB, 99 mph strike 1-1.
-- Change high, 2-1. 
-- FB low, 3-1. 
-- Low, ball four. Walk. 

Strasburg vs Justin Wilson: 

-- 96 mph FB 0-1.
-- low, ball FB, 1-1. 
-- 96 mph FB, swinging strike, 1-2. 
-- Called strike three FB. One out. 

Strasburg vs D'Arnaud: 

- Curve, low outside, 1-0. 
- Grounder to Espinosa to second, Marrero to first and it gets by Marrero, two runs score. 4-1 Curve. 

Strasburg vs Gorkys Hernandez: 

-- Fouled FB, 0-1.
-- FB inside ball, 1-1. 
-- FB up and in, 2-1. 
-- Grounder to second, three outs. 4-1 after two.
Third Inning: 
Strasburg vs Mercer: 

-- FB, high 95 mph 1-0.
-- FB low, 2-0.
-- FB, 96 mph strike, 2-1. 
-- FB, low 3-1. 
-- Popped foul. Full count, 3-2. 
-- FB, 97 mph fouled off. 
-- FB high, walk.

Strasburg vs Hague: 

-- FB, ball 1-0.
-- Curve, strike 1-1. 
-- FB ground to second, they drop it. Two on. 

Strasburg vs Negrych: 

-- High outside, 1-0. 
-- Swinging strike FB, 1-1. 
-- 96 mph fastball, swinging K, 1-2. 
-- FB inside, 2-2. 
-- Fly ball to left, Rhinehart catch, 1 out. 

Strasburg vs Durham:

-- Curve, low ball 80 mph, 1-0. 
-- FB low, 2-0. 
-- Change for Strike, 2-1. 
-- Change, inside 3-1. 
-- Grounder to short, Espinosa to Martinez to Marrero, 6-4-3, DP.
4th Inning: 
Strasburg vs Presley: 

-- Low FB, ball 1-0. 
-- FB, strike, 1-1. 
-- Grounder, foul, FB 1-2. 
-- FB Fouled, 1-2. 
-- Grounder foul, still 1-2. 
-- Fouled off, FB - 1-2. 
-- Fouled off, FB, 1-2. 
-- Ball FB outside, 2-2. 
-- FB, strike three swinging. 

Strasburg vs Watts:

-- FB strike 0-1.
-- Fly ball out, two down. 

Strasburg vs Wilson:

-- FB, 95 mph fastball, strike, 0-1. 
-- 96 mph FB, strike, 0-2. 
-- 97 strike three swinging. 

Fifth Inning:
Strasburg vs d'Arnaud:

-- HBP on shoulder. 

Strasburg vs Hernandez: 

-- FB, bunt single. Two on. 

Strasburg vs Mercer:

-- Line drive single to RF, bases loaded. 

Strasburg vs Hague: 

-- Curve, 78 mph strike. 0-1.
-- 87 mph change, swinging strike, 0-2.
-- FB high, 1-2. 
-- Grounder to third, home to first, double play. 5-2-3. 
• Strasburg's done: Final Line: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP. 79 pitches - 49 strikes, 8 groundouts, 2 flyouts.
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