December 4, 2021

Washington Nationals Game 56 Review: Strasburg sizzles in Fenway debut

On Friday night, two of the young stars of the game for the Washington Nationals – outfielder Bryce Harper and pitcher Stephen Strasburg – shined as they made quite a memorable impact up at historic Fenway Park in Boston.

Their contributions helped the Washington Nationals defeated the Boston Red Sox, 7-4, as Harper had three hits, a monster home run and drove in three; meanwhile, Strasburg showed why he is one of the best pitchers in the game as he struck out thirteen batters and gave up two runs in six innings.

The Nationals have won four out of their last six games, are 33-23, and lead the National League East by one game over the Atlanta Braves.

They also got help from teammates Ian Desmond who drove in two runs and Danny Espinosa – who drove in a run, plus had two hits.

Boston hitters did make Strasburg (W, 7-1, 2.41) work as he threw 119 pitches in his outing and gave up a two-run double in the second inning to Mike Aviles; however, he kept them off the scoreboard throughout his start. Strasburg was not as efficient with his pitches as he has been throughout his other starts this season, but he was able to make key outs when needed.

Strasburg did wind up in a little trouble during the sixth inning, as he loaded up the bases and his pitch count was well over one hundred, but managed to avoid any damage.

Strasburg’s mates in the third inning gave him a helping hand as Washington would take a 3-2 lead off an RBI-single from Ryan Zimmerman, followed by a two-run double by Desmond. They raised their score to 6-2 in the fourth inning off a RBI ground-rule double by Espinosa, and then Harper brought down the hammer with a monster two-run homer – his sixth of the season – to deep center field at Fenway Park.

Washington took a 7-2 lead in the sixth inning off a Harper RBI-single, as he plated in Tyler Moore.

The Nationals had a comfortable lead heading into the eighth inning; however, the Red Sox added another run in the eighth inning thanks to a homer by Adrian Gonzalez – his 5th of the year – off of reliever Ross Detwiler.

Boston added another run in the ninth to come within three, 7-4, as Daniel Nava plated in a run with a two-run double with Brad Lidge on the mound. Moments later, Tyler Clippard was summoned into the game and retired both Dustin Pedroia and Gonzalez en route to this sixth save of the season.

Felix Doubront (L, 6-3, 4.34) – who started for the Red Sox – only lasted four innings and took the loss. He gave up six runs on eight hits on Friday.

The two teams meet up again on Saturday afternoon at 4:05pm.

Comments

  1. He has pitched some better games, but last night showed that Strasburg’s mental toughness is equal to his physical talent. The way he worked out of that 6th inning was as gutsy as it gets. Kudos to Davy for leaving him in to prove himself. There are going to be a lot of rea pressure situations going forward, so he might as well get used to it.

  2. It was great to see the team go into Boston and take game one with the young players stepping up! This is a fun team to watch as they are developing into a serious contender!

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