It seemed the kind of day that would set up well for Stephen Strasburg. He'd already defeated the Atlanta Braves twice this year. He'd already won at Turner Field. He'd already won a head-to-head matchup with Braves starter Mike Minor.
And even if he wasn't at his best, surely his teammates would score plenty of runs against Minor, who entered with a 6.14 ERA, more than double Strasburg's 2.60.
Only one problem: Washington's ace couldn't overcome the record-setting Atlanta heat. Pitching on a day when the temperature hit 106 degrees, on what is being called the hottest day ever in Atlanta -- and the temps on the field crept toward 120 -- Strasburg couldn't go out for the fourth inning on Saturday.
Washington manager Davey Johnson took him out after he gave up three runs in the third, and the Braves held on to defeat the Nationals 7-5 on Saturday, handing Strasburg his second consecutive loss.
Johnson later said that Strasburg was dizzy, breathing erratically, slurring his words ...