A rough night, in which the Nationals' ace allowed five runs in three innings, may open the door to
extend Stephen Strasburg's season.
The right-hander made what was said to be his final home start Friday against the Miami Marlins, but he
allowed two runs in the first and his fastball was hittable.
The Marlins seemed to have his number. Hitting a pair of homers and two doubles, the Marlins scored five
runs in three innings and Strasburg was lifted, matching the shortest outing of his career.
Strasburg went three innings in a 7-5 loss at Atlanta June 30 and three innings against Houston in
The Marlins won the game Friday, 9-7, in 10 innings, with Strasburg not factoring in the decision.
But the bigger decision to shut down Strasburg after Wednesday's road game at the N.Y. Mets might change
because of the short outing Friday.
Manager Davey Johnson was asked if the abbreviated start would alter that scheduled final start against
the Mets. "It might," he said.
Johnson said he felt the impending shutdown was weighing on Strasburg's mind so much that the young
hurler was having trouble sleeping at night. Johnson believed those thoughts hurt Strasburg's focus against
"I think he was thinking too much about the decision of (when) we were going to shut him down," Johnson
said. "He kind of wore it and didn't like it. But that is the way it is."
Strasburg has now thrown 159 1/3 innings on the season, but didn't think that focus was the issue.
"No, I just don't think I pitched well," Strasburg said. "I think as a professional you want to go out
there and give it everything you have every single time out. That is what I wanted to go out there and do.
Unfortunately, it wasn't good enough."
The short outing may give Strasburg two more chances to pitch well instead of just one last start
Wednesday in New York.
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