Stephen Strasburg is the Stopper! However, so is the Washington National offense.
Strasburg took the mound to try and lift the Nationals out of a 3 game slump, he pitched well enough, but the Nationals offense proved to be an even bigger stopped, putting up just 1 run on 5 hits in 11 innings. Strasburg pitched 7 innings scattering just 4 hits on 1 run with 10 strikeouts, but could not get a decision. Strasburg's 9th strikeout set a major league record, with 31 strikeouts in his first 3 MLB starts. One thing was clear tonight, Strasburg's change up was on, and the White Sox were baffled by it.
Meanwhile, White Sox P Gavin Floyd was causing just as much commotion with Nationals hitters, getting them to chase nasty sliders all night. The Nationals managed just 4 hits over 8 innings on Floyd.
The lone Nationals run came off of an Adam Dunn RBI double that knocked in Ryan Zimmerman, who previously singled. That came in the 8th inning to tie the score at 1-1. The game winning run came from a Alex Rios single to third base on a terrific diving play by Ryan Zimmerman, but the throw was too high to Dunn at first base allowing the run to score. Adam, you got to jump man, you have to prevent the run.
The loss went to rookie Drew Storen, his first major league loss. Storen pitched 2 innings and yielded the game winner.