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.
Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg began his 2011 season with his first rehab start for the Low-A Hagerstown Suns. Strasburg who is 11 months removed from Tommy John surgery went 1.2 innings allowing one run on three hits. He did not walk a batter, and four of the five outs he recorded were by strikeout. His only blemish on the scoreboard was a solo home run by Greensboro Grasshoppers catcher Jacob Realmuto in the second inning. He through 31 pitches, 25 of which were for strikes. Strasburg’s next rehab start is expected to take place with the High-A Potomac Nationals.