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Stephen Strasburg rocked by Diamondbacks again, Nationals lose 18-7 in Chase Field...

Stephen Strasburg’s last two losses are both against the D-backs, who beat the Nationals’ starter in mid-June in D.C. and against tonight in Arizona.

Washington Nationals v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Stephen Strasburg gave up nine hits (four home runs) and six runs total in five innings of work when he faced the Arizona Diamondbacks back on June 15th in the nation’s capital, and it somehow went worse for the Washington Nationals’ right-hander tonight, when he surrendered nine hits (three of them home runs) and nine runs total in 4 23 innings on the mound in what ended up an ugly 18-7 loss in Chase Field.

Strasburg vs the D-backs in 2019: 9.2 IP, 18 H, 15 R, 15 ER (13.97 ERA), 3 BB, 12 Ks, 7 HRs.

Strasburg vs the D-backs: Going into tonight’s outing, Stephen Strasburg was unbeaten in his last seven starts, at (7-0), with a 2.22 ERA in 44 23 IP over that stretch, in which he’d put up a total of 53 strikeouts while holding opposing hitters to a combined .205/.267/.295 line.

His last loss, however, came in a five-inning start against the Diamondbacks he was facing in the second game of three for the Nationals in Chase Field back on June 15th.

Strasburg gave up nine hits, four of them home runs, and six runs total in a 10-3 loss in that appearance in Nationals Park.

“Today was just one of those days,” Davey Martinez said after that outing. “Couldn’t locate his fastball. Just missing his spots.”

Strasburg took the mound with a 2-0 lead in the first tonight in Arizona, but gave up a one-out walk to Ketel Marte and a game-tying, two-run blast by Eduardo Escobar in the next at bat, 2-2, on an 0-1 fastball up in the zone inside to the D-backs’ second baseman.

The D-backs’ second home run off Strasburg tonight (and their sixth off him this season) was a bomb to straightaway center by Nick Ahmed in the second, which put the home team up 3-2. No. 11 overall for Ahmed this season.

Marte singled with one down in the third and scored on a two-out double by David Peralta, who came in from second on an RBI single to center by Christian Walker, 5-2 D-backs.

Strasburg managed to hold the home team off the board in the fourth for his first scoreless frame, after his teammates made it a one-run game with a two-run top of the fourth inning, but Ketel Marte lined a triple to center field to lead off the fifth and scored on an RBI single by Eduardo Escobar, 6-4.

Christian Walker walked with two out in the D-backs’ half of the fifth, and Jake Lamb hit the third home run of the game off Strasburg, sending an opposite field blast out to left on a first-pitch curve to make it an 8-4 game. Lamb’s 4th of 2019, the Diamondbacks’ 7th off of Strasburg this season...

Stephen Strasburg’s Line: 4.2 IP, 9 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 2 BB, 7 Ks, 3 HRs, 98 P, 60 S, 4/2 GO/FO.

Ray vs the Nationals: Robbie Ray, a 2010 12th Round pick by the Nationals, who was dealt to the Tigers and then moved to the Diamondbacks, was (4-1) in five outings for Arizona in July, with a 3.26 ERA, nine walks, 44 Ks, and a .221/.279/.478 line against in 30 13 IP.

Tonight in Chase Field, he was taking on the Nationals for the second time this season, after giving up five hits and five runs in six innings on the mound when he started in Washington, D.C. back on June 14th.

Ray and the D-backs fell behind early, like two batters in early, with Trea Turner reaching on an infield single and scoring on an RBI triple to right by Adam Eaton to make it 1-0 just two batters in. Triple No. 6 for Eaton in 2019, and he scored on a sac fly by Anthony Rendon, 2-0.

It was 5-2 in the D-backs’ favor after three innings tonight, but Ray gave up back-to-back-to-back, one-out hits, with Kurt Suzuki and Brian Dozier singling and scoring on an RBI triple by Gerardo Parra, 5-4.

It was 10-4 D-backs after five, however, so the D-backs went to the pen in the sixth...

Robbie Ray’s Line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 Ks, 84 P, 58 S, 8/0 GO/FO.

vs LHPs: After facing left Alex Young in the series opener in Chase Field, the Nationals, as a team, had a combined .275/.354/.463 line against left-handed pitchers this season before taking on D-backs’ lefty (and former Nationals’ prospect) Robbie Ray. That slash line had the Nats ranked 2nd/1st/3rd amongst National League teams against southpaws so far in 2019, with their OBP vs lefties the second-best in the majors, behind only the Astros’ .370 OBP vs lefties. They scored two on Ray early, and four total on six hits before he was done.

Juan Soto is Streaking: With his late-game home run last night, Juan Soto extended his RBI streak to seven-straight games, two short of the franchise record (9 games) held by Mr. Nat Himself, Ryan Zimmerman, who collected RBIs in nine consecutive games between the 3rd and 12th of September in 2012. Soto extended a hit streak to six-straight, but failed to drive in a run.

BULLPEN ACTION: Matt Grace took over for Stephen Strasburg with a runner on and two out in the bottom of the fifth and gave up a two-run home run by Alex Avila, whose 7th of 2019 made it a 10-4 game.

Yoshihisa Hirano came on for the D-backs in the sixth, working around a leadoff single by Kurt Suzuki for a scoreless frame.

Grace worked around leadoff and two-out singles in the bottom of the sixth to keep it a 10-4 D-backs’ lead.

Zack Godley worked around a one-out single and two-out walk in a scoreless seventh.

Tanner Rainey walked the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the seventh, and issued a two-out walk that loaded the bases before he gave up his fourth free pass, forcing a run in to make it 11-4.

Daniel Hudson made his debut for the Nationals with the bases loaded and two out in the home-half of the seventh, striking David Peralta out with a 90 MPH 1-2 change for the third out of the inning.

Godley tossed a scoreless eighth as well.

Gerardo Parra made his first appearance as a pitcher in the bottom of the eighth inning, and promptly walked the bases loaded before recording an out. Alex Avila singled to drive in run No. 12 for the D-backs, 12-4, and 13-4 on the fourth walk of the inning...

Brian Dozier got the next opportunity, and gave up a ground-rule double on a grounder to first base that bounced off Matt Adams and ended up in the stands, 15-4. Eduardo Escobar followed up with a three-run blast, 18-4.

Stuff happened in the top of the ninth, including a 3-run home run by Anthony Rendon, 18-7. No. 24 for Rendon. That’s how it ended.

Nationals now 58-52