Stephen Strasburg never really looked comfortable at the start of Tuesday’s day game against the San Diego Padres. Miscommunication between his outfielders led to a pop-up that fell in for a double on the very first batter of the game. The rain and brief delay didn’t help. Three of the four umpires missing once play resumed was an added distraction. His normally pinpoint control never settled in after the rough start.
And apparently, he even suffered from getting some analgesic ointment in the wrong place. Just a rough day all around.
Add it all up, and Strasburg tied for the second shortest stint of his Major League career, giving up more than three earned runs for just the second time, and the Washington Nationals fell to the Padres 6-1, before 23,902 at Nats Park.
Strasburg gave up three runs in that miserable first inning, and another one in the third, to allow four total in four innings pitched. He allowed seven hits and two walks, but struck out five. Among those hits were Will Venable’s pop-up double to lead off the game and Venable’s triple later on, and James Darnell’s first home run of the season, which might not have landed yet.
San Diego tacked on two more runs, against relievers Tom Gorzelanny and Ryan Perry, while the offense never got on track, save for Bryce Harper’s solo home run, his second in as many days.
Padres’ starter Anthony Bass dominated the Nats, going eight strong innings. He allowed just five hits and one walk, striking out seven.
THE GOOD: No one got hurt.
THE BAD: Rick Ankiel went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
THE UGLY: The pop-up that fell between left fielder Roger Bernadina, Ankiel in center and Ian Desmond at short was just horrible. Bernadina took full responsibility after the game for the mistake, but it’s hard not to believe things would have been a whole lot different if that one gets hauled in.
THE STATS: 6 hits, 1 BB, 8 Ks. 0-for-5 with RISP, 4 LOB, 2 GIDP. No errors.
NEXT GAME: Wednesday night at 7″05 pm against the Pirates. Gio Gonzalez (4-1, 1.94) hosts Erik Bedard (2-4, 2.57).