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Second Inning: Strasburg Surrenders Solo HR To Hafner, Picks Up Two More Ks


  • Adam Dunn leads off the inning with a double. Two batters later, Mike Morse squeaks out a hit down the first-base line that gets Dunn home. It was a bit of an awkward play, though, because Carlos Santana, making his third career start, was blocking the plate despite not having a play on the ball. Getting run over by a 6-foot-6, 285-pound slugger will probably teach him not to do that again.
  • Newest Strasburg comparison: Mark Fidrych! Hopefully this doesn't lead to photo-ops with Big Bird.
  • Strasburg opens up the inning by giving up a home run to Travis Hafner on a low change up. Austin Kearns then proceeds to make good contact with Strasburg's next pitch, but Mike Morse snags it for the easy out.
  • Strasburg settles down against Russel Branyan and collects his third strikeout on a beautiful breaking ball in the dirt.
  • Jhonny Peralta gets caught looking at a beautiful curve ball for the final out of the inning.
  • Tallies through two innings: 30 pitches, 20 strikes, 10 balls, one hit, one earned run, four strikeouts.
  • In his first nine innings of Major League Baseball, Stephen Strasburg struck out 18 batters. That's just silly.