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5. Quick Recap: Washington Nationals' right-hander Stephen Strasburg retired the first two batters he faced in the first tonight, but a 96 mph 2-2 fastball to Arizona Diamondbacks' right fielder David Peralta ended up in the stands above the out-of-town scoreboard in right field in Nationals Park for a two-out solo blast that gave the D-Backs a 1-0 lead early in the second game of four in the nation's capital.
The Nationals rallied to tie it up at 1-1 in the bottom of the third on a Jayson Werth RBI single to center, then poured it on, knocking Chase Anderson out in the process...
Ian Desmond improved to 8 for 11 (.727 AVG) with the bases loaded this season with a two-run single to left field and Asdrubal Cabrera hit a base-clearing double to right-center to put the Nats up 6-1 after three in D.C.
Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth hit back-to-back one-out singles in the Nationals' sixth and both moved into scoring position on a balk by D-Backs' lefty Eury De La Rosa before scoring on a two-run line drive to right by Ian Desmond, whose third hit of the night made it an 8-1 game.
That's how it ended. Eight straight wins for the Nationals...
Strasburg gave up three hits, two walks and one unearned run that night, improving to (9-10) on the year overall and (2-8) on the road.
Tonight, he was back in the nation's capital, where he was (7-2) in 13 starts heading into the second game of three with the Arizona Diamondbacks, with a 2.41 ERA (vs a 4.77 ERA on the road), a 2.18 FIP (vs 3.79), 14 walks (1.47 BB/9) and 112 Ks (11.72 K/9) in 86 IP over which he held visiting hitters to a .233/.272/.340 line (vs a .273/.330/.465 line in 77 ⅓ IP on the road).
Strasburg faced the D-Backs back on May 13th in Arizona's Chase Field, giving up eight hits and three earned runs in seven innings in a 3-1 loss.
That outing left the Nationals' 2009 no.1 overall pick (2-1) with a 2.53 ERA in five career starts vs the Diamondbacks, with eight walks (2.25 BB/9) and 27 Ks (7.59 K/9) in 32 IP over which D-Backs' hitters have put up a .220/.273/.297 line against him.
Strasburg's second start of the year against Arizona began with a fly to center field...
1st: Ender Inciarte popped up to center on an 0-1 fastball to start the game. Aaron Hill lined out to a charging Bryce Harper in left for out no.2. David Peralta got to a 2-2 count and lifted a line drive out to right, over the out-of-town scoreboard for a two-out solo home run and a 1-0 lead. Mark Trumbo K'd swinging at a 1-2 curve to end a 15-pitch first for the Nats' right-hander.
2nd: D-Backs' catcher Miguel Montero sent a broken-bat liner to short-center where Ian Desmond caught the first out of the second. Jordan Pacheco went down for a low 1-2 curve and lined it to center for a one-out single, but he was erased from the basepaths on a 4-6-3 inning-ender off Jake Lamb's bat. 10-pitch frame, 25 total after two.
3rd: Didi Gregorius grounded weakly to first to start the third. Chase Anderson sent a weak grounder to second. Ender Inciarte's pop to left ended a quick, 11-pitch, 1-2-3 3rd that left Strasburg at 36 pitches total after three.
4th: Aaron Hill doubled to right-center on a 3-1 fastball to start the D-Backs' fourth. David Peralta sent a fly to center where Denard Span caught out no.1 of the inning. Strasburg pounded Mark Trumbo inside with an 0-2 fastball that was called a ball by home plate ump John Tumpane, but got the big outfielder to bite on a 1-2 bender in the dirt. Two down. Miguel Montero stepped in with one on and two out and grounded back to the mound to end a 13-pitch frame that left him at 49 total after four.
5th: Jordan Pacheco grounded out to short. Jake Lamb grounded to first and Strasburg got over to cover. A fly to center from Didi Gregorius ended a quick, nine-pitch, 1-2-3 fifth. 58 pitches total after five.
6th: A 96 mph 1-2 fastball inside got Eury De La Rosa swinging for the first out of the D-Backs' sixth. Ender Inciarte grounded out to short for the second out of the frame. Aaron HIll's fly to left-center ended up in Denard Span's glove for the final out of a 15-pitch, 1-2-3 frame that left Strasburg at 73 pitches overall.
7th: David Peralta walked on four pitches to start the top of the seventh, but Mark Trumbo grounded into a 6-4-3 DP. Miguel Montero stepped in with two out and sent a fly ball to deep center for the third out of a 12-pitch inning. 85 total after seven.
8th: Jordan Pacheco lined to right to start the D-Backs' eighth. Jake Lamb took a two-strike curve for a called strike three and Stephen Strasburg's 198th K. Didi Gregorius lined out to Denard Span in center to end a 10-pitch, 1-2-3 top of the eighth. 95 pitches total.
• Stephen Strasburg's Line: 8.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 Ks, 1 HR, 95 P, 61 S, 7/6 GO/FO.
3. Mr. Anderson: Arizona Diamondbacks' '09 9th Round pick Chase Anderson was (4-2) in six starts for the D-Backs' Double-A affiliate, the Mobile BayBears, with a 0.69 ERA, a 2.16 FIP, six walks (1.38 BB/9) and 38 Ks (8.77 K/9) in 39 IP before he was called up to make his major league debut in May after five seasons in the D-Backs' system.
DBacks starter Chase Anderson is tough. He has allowed 0 or 1 runs in 4 of last 6 starts. He is 2-0 2.19 in those 6 games— Dave Jageler (@DaveJageler) August 19, 2014
Anderson started his MLB career by going (5-0) in five starts with a 3.14 ERA, seven walks (2.20 BB/9) and 22 Ks (6.91 K/9) in 28 ⅔ IP over which he held opposing hitters to a .236/.282/.455 line against.
Since then, however, and before tonight, the 26-year-old right-hander was (2-4) in 10 starts with a 3.18 ERA, 21 walks (3.34 BB/9) and 52 Ks (8.26 K/9) in 56 ⅔ IP, over which he held opposing hitters to a .268/.336/.446 line.
In his first six road starts in the majors before facing the Nationals for the first time in the nation's capital, Anderson was (2-2) with a 3.00 ERA, a 4.59 FIP, 14 walks (3.82 BB/9) and 31 Ks (8.45 K/9) in 33 IP in which opposing hitters put up a .250/.336/.437 line against him.
Given a 1-0 lead to work with before he took the mound, Anderson walked Denard Span in the first at bat of the Nats' first, but three hard-hit outs later Span was stranded at first at the end of a 20-pitch frame.
Ian Desmond singled to start the Nats' second and stole second base (no.15) one out later. Nats' second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera walked to put two on, but Anderson struck Jose Lobaton out and got a line drive to right from Stephen Strasburg to end a 23-pitch second.
That stolen base was the 100th of @IanDesmond20's career, and his 15th of the season.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 19, 2014
Denard Span singled and stole second (no.26) to start the bottom of the third, then took third base on a grounder up the middle off Anthony Rendon's bat that Didi Gregorius couldn't handle. Jayson Werth stepped in with runners on the corners, and lined an RBI single to center to bring Span in. 1-1 in D.C. Adam LaRoche walked to load the bases with no one out and Ian Desmond drove two runs in with a line drive to left. 3-1 Nationals. Bryce Harper singled to right to reload the bases and end Anderson's night...
• Chase Anderson's Line: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 Ks, 64 P, 39 S, 1/1 GO/FO.
2. Turning Point(s): The Nationals' six-run third made all the difference tonight. Seven batters stepped up to the plate and reached base with four singles, a walk and ROE and a base-clearing double giving the Nationals a five-run lead after the entered the inning trailing 1-0 on the strength of D-Backs' right fielder David Peralta's first inning home run.
The Nats knocked starter Chase Anderson out of the game before an out was recorded in the third in what was to this point the shortest start of his rookie campaign.
1. The Wrap-Up: Eury De La Rosa took over for the D-Backs with the bases loaded and no one out in the third. Asdrubal Cabrera stepped in from the right side against the lefty and cleared the bases with a three-run double to the right field gap. Cabrera's 25th two-base hit of the season made it a 6-1 game in the nation's capital. De La Rosa retired the side without further damage...
De La Rosa pitched around a leadoff walk for a scoreless inning in the bottom of the fourth and came back out for more work in the fifth, givine up a leadoff walk to Bryce Harper and a one-out single by Jose Lobaton before Stephen Strasburg bunted into an inning-ending DP.
Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth hit back-to-back one-out singles off De La Rosa in the Nats' sixth. A two-out balk moved both runners into scoring position for Ian Desmond who drove both runners in with an opposite field line drive to right, 8-1.
Will Harris took over for Arizona in the bottom of the seventh and threw a quick scoreless frame. Addison Reed threw a scoreless bottom of the eighth.
Jerry Blevins took over for Stephen Strasburg in the top of the ninth and retired the D-Backs in order. 8-1 final.
Nationals now 71-53