MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 28: Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals pitches during a game against the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium on September 28, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Nationals Vs. Marlins: Nationals Go Off Into 2011 Sunset With 3-1 Victory Over Marlins

Stephen Strasburg finishes 2011 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA in five games as the Nationals move into the off season on a high note.

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Nationals Vs. Marlins Final: Stephen Strasburg Dominant In Nationals 3-1 Season Finale Victory

Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg didn't deliver just a "dominant' performance in Wednesday's 3-2 Nationals season finale victory. What he delivered can only be described as "Strasburgian."

Not hampered by a pitch limit, the young Nats phenom stepped on the mound during the final game at Sun Life Stadium in Florida and announced to Major League baseball: "I'm back." Strasburg earned his first and only victory in 2011 by pitching six innings, giving up only one hit, no runs, walking two and racking up an astounding 10 strike outs. He threw 79 pitches, 54 for strikes and at one point hit 100 mph on the radar gun. It was a huge cherry on top of the Nationals 2011 cake and a performance Nationals fans will no doubt be talking about until the start of the 2012 season. Strasburg, who just returned from Tommy John surgery recovery, finishes the season 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA in five games.

The Nationals were able to get on top of the Marlins in the fifth when shortstop Ian Desmond hit a two-run single. The Marlins were able to get one back off reliever Ryan Mattheus to make the score 2-1, but Roger Bernadina added an insurance run in the eight on an RBI single. Nationals closer Drew Storen recorded his 43rd save in the ninth.

The Nationals complete their 2011 campaign 80-81 and third place in the NL East.


Nationals Vs. Marlins Score: Stephen Strasburg Strikes Out Seven, Nationals Lead 2-0

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg has no pitch limit Wednesday afternoon against the Florida Marlins and with that he certainly has dropped the hammer (and a bunch of batters) and racked up seven strike outs against the Fish in four innings. However, it was all about waiting for the offense which finally broke through and broke up Chris Volstad's four inning no-hitter.

Volstad started off the fifth inning giving up back-to-back singles to catcher Ivan Rodriguez and third baseman Steve Lombardozzi. After a Strasburg sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third, shortstop Ian Desmond came to the plate and continued his second-half hot streak by smacking a two-run single to give the Nationals a 2-0 lead in the fifth.

Strasburg has given up only one hit in four innings and has struck out seven. Strasburg also issued two walks in an inning, the first walks he has given up in 2011 since coming back from Tommy John surgery.


Nationals Vs. Marlins: Nationals Send Out Stephen Strasburg In Final Game Of 2011

Stephen Strasburg will look to rebound from a rough start against the Atlanta Braves where he gave up three runs in the first inning.

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