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GameThread: Washington Nationals at Arizona Diamondbacks- Game 28 or 29 of 162. A Look Back At Stephen Strasburg's No-Hitter.

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Washington Nationals
@ Arizona Diamondbacks

Saturday, May 9, 2009, 8:10 PM EDT
Chase Field

John Lannan vs Doug Davis

Clear. Game time temperature around 100.

?'s For The DC Faithful...

THE KIDS CALL IT THE STREAK? Do You Believe?

• Three In A Row? Can That Really Happen?

• Which John Lannan Shows Up Tonight? "Cool Hand" Or "Opening Day"?

• When Do We Get Strasburg Again?

LINKS:

Complete Coverage >


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Defining Moments...

The 9th Inning Of Stephen Strasburg's No-Hitter vs Air Force As Seen By The DC Faithful...

• "Strasburg is at 102 pitches." -ROSCOEtheNatsFan

• "I'd say that Tony shouldn't blow out his arm but I think Tony knows baseball..." - Berndaddy.

• "3rd out, going to the ninth..." - Nats News Network

• "Strasburg's heading back out...(for the ninth)..." - e chigliak

• (TANGENT)

- "What's up with FLop's enhanced robot clone scoring all the runs for Arizona?" - Doghouse

- "FLop 2.0 is a superior model..." - e chigliak

• (END TANGENT)

• "Let's Go Strasburg!!!" - e chigliak

• "That is a filthy curve he has..." - natsFTW

• "15 K's!!!!!" - e chigliak

• "One out, fastball away, 15th K" - Nats News Network

• "1-2 pitch,swinging K, throw to first, one out away..." - e chigliak

• "I cannot wait until he puts on a Nationals uniform" - natsFTW

• "Do the Nats currently have number 37 available?" - ROSCOEtheNATSfan

• "Curve high, ball one

What "They're" Saying...

"Acting" DC GM Mike Rizzo is quoted in an article by MLB Fanhouse writer Ed Price entitled, "Nats' General Manager on hand for Strasburg No-Hitter", where Mr. Rizzo confirms recent statements attributed to team sources, telling by Mr. Price, "He's (Strasburg's) at the top of our list as of right now," but Mr. Rizzo's one of the few people who has inject reality into the situation recently, (ed. note - "...and as is inevitable, you're going to start hearing more of this sort of thing between now and the draft, as everyone who's seen Strasburg now completely dissects him."), as the "Acting DC GM", who was there to watch Strasburg's gem, tells Mr. Price, that Strasburg's obviously not competing agaist MLB competition:

(ed. note - "Carlos Beltran chases curves though...still...(laughs).")

Washington Post writer Chico Harlan waxed poetic in a Nationals Journal post entitled, "Strasburg Throws A No-Hitter", as he soaked in the atmosphere at Tony Gwynn Stadium, and described the circus surrounding the prospective No.1 pick's final start in front of the SDSU home crowd:

"A record crowd (3,337) is on hand for Strasburg's final home start. By now, the sun has set, creating a very cool visual marriage between the black outfield backdrop and the 6-foot-5 presence on the mound -- shrouded in an all-black uniform, but for razor-straight red brim of his cap."

And Strasburg himself? MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo spoke to Stephen Strasburg after last night's game, and after Mr. Mayo places the no-hitter in its place in the growing legend of Strasburg, which already includes, "...striking out 23 in a game to pitching for the Olympic team to cementing his place as the top talent in this June's First-Year Player Draft class," the MLB.com writer quotes Strasburg, who explains how he experienced his own crowning collegiate achievement:

"'I was giving everything I had left,' said Strasburg about a ninth inning that had the sellout crowd on their feet. In that last inning, I think my stuff was the best it was all game. It was great to see a bunch of fans come out again, especially possibly for my last home night. To finish it like that was very memorable.'"

The "Acting" DC GM noticed the effort as well, as he told MLB Fanhouse writer Ed Price, again, in Mr. Price's article entitled, ""Nats' General Manager on hand for Strasburg No-Hitter":

"'He really, really, really competed his butt off,' Rizzo said. 'He sniffed the no-hitter at the end of the game and went after it.

"'It showed me a lot, how he turned it up a notch or two when he smelled it.'"

DC Starting Lineup...

  1. The Guzzzzzz - SS
  2. Elijah "Super-Two-Spot" Dukes - CF
  3. THE KIDS CALL HIM ZIM - 3B
  4. The Big Walkay - 1B
  5. THE HAMMER - LF
  6. AK - RF
  7. WWJD? - C
  8. Ronnie "Drop And Throw" Belliard - 2B
  9. John "Cool Hand" Lannan - Eating Eggs...

Tonight's Strasbur...Uh, Tonight's Starting Pitchers Are Going To Stare At You Now...


Doug Davis

#49 / Pitcher / Arizona Diamondbacks

6-4

215

R

L

Sep 21, 1975



John Lannan

#31 / Pitcher / Washington Nationals

6-4

225

L

L

Sep 27, 1984


Doug Davis vs The Nationals...

Doug Davis, the D-Backs' starter, is (1-4) in 7 career starts against the Expos/Nationals, having allowed 41 hits and 16 ER's in 46.2 IP against the franchise, who've hit just .237 against Davis, who's walked 10, K'd 38 and posted a 3.09 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.

The Nationals vs Davis...

Adam Dunn - 6 for 32, .188 AVG, 2 HR, 2 RBI's, 8 BB, 9 K's.

Cristian Guzman - 4 for 14, .286 AVG, 2 2B.

Nick Johnson - 4 for 12, .333 AVG, 3 RBI's.

Austin Kearns - 7 for 27, .259 AVG, 1 2B, 3 HR's, 8 RBI's, 5 BB, 9 K's.

Josh Willingham - 4 for 11, .364 AVG, 1 HR, 2 RBI's.

Ryan Zimmerman - 0 for 5.

John Lannan vs The D-Backs...

Lannan's (1-1) in 2 starts against Arizona, but he's allowed only 1 run on 6 hits in 13.0 IP against the D-Backs, posting a 0.69 ERA with 1 K, 5 BB, a 0.85 WHIP and a .146 BAA. In other words, he owns them...This one's in the bag...

To See What The Fans Of The Arizona Diamondbacks Are Saying, Check Out The SBN's D-Backs blog:

AZ Snakepit

Who's Watching The Nationals?

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