The Strasburg Watch: A Solid Seven Innings
UPDATE THROUGH SEVEN: Stephen Strasburg just mowed down the Virginia Cavaliers in the seventh, striking out three straight batters after allowing a leadoff single, and with double-barreled action in the Aztecs' bullpen, that could be the end of his night. His pitch total is 118, although he seems to be getting stronger as the game wears on. If he's finished, here's his line: 7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 W, 15 Ks. But the Aztecs are still trailing by a pair of runs.
UPDATE THROUGH FIVE: After a shaky start, Stephen Strasburg has strung together three straight solid innings -- retiring nine of the 10 batters he faced from the third to the fifth, allowing only a bloop single -- but the Aztecs still trail 2-0 after five innings. And by my count, Strasburg has thrown 92 pitches.
He has started to show more confidence in his fastball, although the radar readings I'm hearing are still in the 94-96 range, and he has struck out 10 batters through five.
UPDATE: A rough first inning is followed by a rough second inning for the talented Mr. Strasburg, This one included two singles (neither particularly well-hit), two wild pitches and a fielding error by Strasburg. It all led to another run for the Cavaliers, who now lead 2-0. I also spoke to a scout with a radar gun who had Strasburg at 96 and 97 mph in the first inning, but only 94 and 95 mph in the second inning, with one fastball coming in at just 92.
Oh, and I also have him at 51 pitches through two innings.
Eight pitches into his NCAA tournament debut, San Diego State right-hander Stephen Strasburg was down 1-0, after Virginia designated hitter Phil Gosselin smashed a first-pitch fastball off the scoreboard in left field for a homer. Gosselin rounded the bases and touched home plate as if it were no big deal, but was immediately mobbed by teammates between the plate and the Cavaliers' dugout.
Strasburg gave up two more singles before escaping the inning having thrown 20 pitches. The Cavaliers came out hacking, apparently of the belief that a first-pitch fastball was likely to be the most hittable pitch they would see in any given at-bat.
No radar readings at Anteater Stadium, and I'm not near a television monitor, but I'd be grateful to anyone watching on TV who can post some velocity numbers in the comments section below.
I won't be updating every inning, but will post here as events warrant.
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