The much anticipated return of Washington Nationals pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg could not be going better, despite the dark and stormy skies. Strasburg has cruised through three innings of work, needing only 35 pitches to record nine outs, and Washington leads the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0.
The young righty had a 1-2-3 second inning, striking out two Dodgers in the process. His first strikeout in over a year came on a 90 mph changeup to Andre Ethier, and Strasburg followed that with a punchout of Aaron Miles on a 99 mph fastball.
The third inning was much of the same for Strasburg, as he once again set down the Dodgers 1-2-3, on a weak flyout and two easy groundouts.
Strasburg has even contributed offensively, laying down a perfect sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the second inning, then advancing to second base on Ted Lilly's throwing error. He would eventually score on Jayson Werth's groundout to shortstop Dee Gordon as the Nationals scored three in the frame.