Los Angeles Dodgers' lefty Julio Urias held the Washington Nationals to six hits and two runs over five innings, receiving no decision in what ended up a 4-3 win for LA when the two teams met in Dodger Stadium last month.
Dusty Baker was impressed with the 19-year-old rookie's work on the mound in what was then his sixth major league start.
"He was pretty good," Baker told reporters. "He had an outstanding breaking ball. That was his main weapon. He threw well. He only gave up two runs. I don't know if that was him being excellent or us not knowing him the first time we've seen him."
Nats' hitters will get another look at the southpaw who signed as an amateur free agent out of Mexico in 2012 when they face Urias in this afternoon's series finale in the nation's capital.
On the mound for the Nationals is 28-year-old righy-hander Stephen Strasburg, who tries to extend his season-long unbeaten streak to fourteen straight games when he faces the Dodgers at 12:05 PM EDT.
It will be Strasburg's first start against LA since 2014.
Since returning from a DL stint for an upper back strain on July 3rd, the '09 No.1 overall pick is (3-0) in three starts with a 0.83 ERA (2 ER in 21 ⅔ IP), nine walks, 20 strikeouts and a .072/.179/.116 line against.
Last time out before today, the righty held the Pittsburgh Pirates to a run on three hits in eight innings of work in which he struck out six of the 28 batters he faced.
"He's been outstanding and his record speaks for itself," Baker said after Strasburg improved to (13-0) with the win on a hot day in the nation's capital.
"Usually I heard, he would kind of wilt in these games, but we urged him to increase his work in between starts, and so it seems like it's paid off.
"He seemed unfazed by the heat and it was an outstanding game. It was a good game to watch."
Strasburg tries to extend his personal winning streak to 17-straight overall going back to his last loss on September 9, 2015.
Here's the (Updated as of 10:44 PM) lineup that will back Strasburg up as he tries to tie Washington Senators' righty Firpo Marberry for the D.C.-baseball record for the longest winning streak by a starter: