Strasburg lives up to the hype

The Washington National’s pitching phenom, Stephen Strasburg made his big-league debut.  The results were jaw-dropping.  In the 7 innings he pitched, he struck out 14!  He walked 0.   He gave up four hits, including a two-run homer, but he took the win, 5-2.   The kid struck out each of the Pittsburg Pirates starters.  He struck out the final 7 batters he faced.  No Nationals pitcher has ever struck out so many.  Few rookies have put on such a dominating performance in his first game.

Stephen Strasburg sets team strikeout record in debut as Nationals beat Pirates.

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  • Pete

    “Few rookies have put on such a dominating performance in his first game”. Is it me or are there serious grammatical issues with that sentence?

  • Pete

    “Few rookies have put on such a dominating performance in his first game”. Is it me or are there serious grammatical issues with that sentence?

  • http://enterthevein.blogspot.com J. Dean

    I’m more of a football guy myself, but congrats to the fellow for pulling it off. God willing, he’ll be a good player for many years to come.

  • http://enterthevein.blogspot.com J. Dean

    I’m more of a football guy myself, but congrats to the fellow for pulling it off. God willing, he’ll be a good player for many years to come.

  • Winston Smith

    No, it should be “in there first game.”

    (That’s how the loosers on teh internets would write it, anyway. My old English teacher would die.)

  • Winston Smith

    No, it should be “in there first game.”

    (That’s how the loosers on teh internets would write it, anyway. My old English teacher would die.)

  • http://enterthevein.blogspot.com J. Dean

    LOL you must be a public school grad, Winston ;)

  • http://enterthevein.blogspot.com J. Dean

    LOL you must be a public school grad, Winston ;)

  • Pete

    Come to think of it, “No other Nationals pitcher…” probably should be “No other Nationals’ pitcher…”

    Sorry for being such a crank.

    Maybe we should cut the blogmeister some slack since he’s (obviously) in vacation mode.

  • Pete

    Come to think of it, “No other Nationals pitcher…” probably should be “No other Nationals’ pitcher…”

    Sorry for being such a crank.

    Maybe we should cut the blogmeister some slack since he’s (obviously) in vacation mode.

  • Kirk

    It was a Merry Strasmas

  • Kirk

    It was a Merry Strasmas

  • jim_claybourn

    As a long-time Yankees fan, I have two words for you : “Steve Whitaker”

  • jim_claybourn

    As a long-time Yankees fan, I have two words for you : “Steve Whitaker”

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Pete (@5), you should have stopped while you were ahead. It is correct to say “No other Nationals pitcher.”

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Pete (@5), you should have stopped while you were ahead. It is correct to say “No other Nationals pitcher.”

  • Peter Muller

    tODD(@8), I dunno, I’d like to hear a grammarian weigh in on this one (though maybe you are and maybe you just did) but the apostrophe just looks right to me.

  • Peter Muller

    tODD(@8), I dunno, I’d like to hear a grammarian weigh in on this one (though maybe you are and maybe you just did) but the apostrophe just looks right to me.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Peter (@9 … when did you stop being Pete?), I can’t find a sufficiently relevant quote to throw at you from my 15th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, but regardless, “Nationals” is merely acting as an adjective here. No need for possessives.

    And can I say thank goodness you’ve sidetracked this into a discussion of grammar rather than baseball. Because I know next to nothing about the latter.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Peter (@9 … when did you stop being Pete?), I can’t find a sufficiently relevant quote to throw at you from my 15th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, but regardless, “Nationals” is merely acting as an adjective here. No need for possessives.

    And can I say thank goodness you’ve sidetracked this into a discussion of grammar rather than baseball. Because I know next to nothing about the latter.

  • Pete

    tODD (@several) Thanks, makes sense.

  • Pete

    tODD (@several) Thanks, makes sense.

  • Pete

    tODD (@several) Thanks, makes sense. And I’m back to Pete – had a brief identity crisis.

  • Pete

    tODD (@several) Thanks, makes sense. And I’m back to Pete – had a brief identity crisis.


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