Washington Nationals Pitcher Stephen Strasburg Throws Five Perfect Innings In Syracuse Chiefs Rehab Start

Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg threw five perfect innings for the Syracuse Chiefs against the Rochester Red Wings in his fifth rehab start before allowing back to back hits in the 6th. Strasburg retired the first 15 batters in a row, allowing no hits and striking out seven Rochester batters. He threw 58 pitches, 44 of them for strikes. He came back out in the sixth inning for seven more pitches as he worked towards a predetermined 65 pitch count and gave up a single to Aaron Bates to lead off the 6th breaking up the perfect game and no hitter bids. Strasburg then allowed a single to Steve Holm before departing in favor of reliever Craig Stammen. Stammen allowed an RBI single to Ray Chang which scored Bates before recording the final two outs of the inning. As a result Strasburg will get a no decision and have a final line of 5+IP, 1ER, 2H, 0BB, 7K. It is by far the best rehab start for the Washington Nationals pitcher as he returns from Tommy John surgery. He is slated to make one final rehab start before rejoining the Nationals in September.

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