The Washington Nationals kicked off the second half of the MLB season in great fashion, getting 6 shutout innings from rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg and another 2 shutout innings from fellow 2009 first rounder Drew Storen, to lead the Nationals to a 4-0 shutout.
Strasburg struggled at times early, putting two runners on in each of the first two innings, but settled to earn his fourth win of the season and improve to 4-2. He allowed 4 hits and issued 3 walks while recording 7 more strikeouts, giving him 68 total strikeouts in 8 starts. He lowered his overall season ERA to an impressive 2.03. Meanwhile, fellow Drew Storen's two shutout innings lowered his ERA to 1.91. I think the Nats nailed it in the 2010 first round. Storen was an absolutely brilliant pick.
Meanwhile, offensively, Josh Willingham provided the big spark with a three run base clearing double to put the Nationals up 3-0 in the 6th inning. Willingham finished 1 for 4. Adam Dunn was 2 for 3 with a run scored and raised his batting average to an impressive .291.
The win pulls that Nationals to within 2.5 games of the Marlins to climb out of the NL East cellar.
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