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Strasburg Strikes Out 14

Strasburg struck out 14 Pirates in seven innings, mostly making them look foolish. I saw Strasburg pitch at San Diego State last year, and his poor opponents mostly looked like they might as well be swinging blindfolded. Today was much the same way, except he was facing much better competition. (Yeah, I know, insert joke about the Pirates here.) His fastball and breaking ball are devastating pitches, and his changeup is pretty ferocious in its own right, especially when he keeps it down. Tough night.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.