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Nationals’ starter Stephen Strasburg: Not a fan of replay delays...

Stephen Strasburg was not happy after back-to-back replay challenges delayed and distracted him in the opening frame Wednesday night.

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Stephen Strasburg got off to a rocky start against Pittsburgh’s Pirates on Wednesday night in Washington, D.C., giving up back-to-back, one-out singles that put runners on first and second. He got a grounder out of Josh Bell for what looked like at least a force at second in the next at bat, but Nationals’ shortstop Trea Turner’s throw didn’t get to first in time for a double play.

Pirates’ skipper Clint Hurdle called for a review, however, and it turned out that Turner lifted his foot off the bag before receiving the throw from Howie Kendrick, and after a review of a so-called “neighborhood” play, the call on the field was overturned, and an E:6 on a missed catch error resulted in a bases-loaded, one-out jam.

One run scored when the Nationals failed to turn a 6-4-3 DP on a Corey Dickerson grounder to short in the next at bat, and Hurdle decided to have another look at that play too, only to lose out on the second replay challenge. The delays did, however, succeed in making Stras angry.

He managed to get out of the inning without further damage, but he decided to share his frustration with the pacing of the opening frame, chatting with the home plate ump, Eric Cooper, on the way to the first base dugout.

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Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez walked to the top step of the dugout as well, but nothing came of the conversation

It was 2-1 in the Nats’ favor when Strasburg came back out for the second inning after Bryce Harper and Matt Adams took Ivan Nova deep for solo home runs.

Dickerson struck again in the top of the third, driving Gregory Polanco in from third base with a two-out single on a first-pitch curve he lined to left, 2-2.

Given a 3-2 lead to work with when Bryce Harper doubled and scored on an RBI single by Adams, Strasburg tossed a scoreless fourth and fifth as the Nats added a run in the home-half of the fourth and scored four in the fifth to jump ahead, 8-2.

Francisco Cervelli hit a first-pitch fastball out to right for an opposite field blast with one out in the Pirates’ sixth, but Strasburg picked up two Ks in an 11-pitch frame and held the Pirates there in what ended up a 9-3 win.

Stephen Strasburg’s Line: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 11 Ks, 1 HR, 104 P, 69 S, 5/2 GO/FO.

Martinez was asked what the conversation between Strasburg and Cooper was about after the game. Was it about the long delays during the reviews as suspected?

“It was about that,” Martinez explained to reporters. “Strasburg got a little frustrated with all of it and the timing of it and everything, but you know what, a rule is a rule. There’s nothing we can do about that, and one guy was off, one guy wasn’t, they challenged and so be it.”

Did he do anything to try to calm Strasburg down?

“No, he came back and apologized to the umpire,” Martinez said. “[Pedro Severino] calmed him a little bit, which was great, and they went back to their business.”

“I apologized to him,” Strasburg told reporters, “... and he has nothing to do with it, but I just thought it was pretty ridiculous altogether. Is that what baseball’s come to?”