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.