TRENTON – The last time Stephen Strasburg launched against Triple-A Jays, more than 14,000 fans flocked to Sahlen Field in Buffalo to watch the right-handed player start his last secondary league before being promoted to the major leagues.
That was 11 years ago.
His start on Sunday afternoon in Trenton did not match that level of attention, although it may prove to be an important step for the three-time All-Star when he returns from an inflammation in his right shoulder that has kept him away since April 18. .
Strasburg allowed two hits, walked two and hit six in 4.1 goalless entries. He threw 41 of his 75 shots for strokes.
The Nationals refused to make Strasbourg available to the media.
FL️FLASHBACK, 3/6/10: A crowd of 14,774 arrives at Sahlen Field on a Thursday afternoon to watch the start of the last minor league by Stephen Strasburg, who wins over #Bisons in a 7-1 win at Syracuse (5.0ip, 3h, 5k | 1-2, R). The game was broadcast nationally on the VERSUS Network. pic.twitter.com/CwmIXlXH03
– Buffalo Bisons🦬 (@BuffaloBisons) May 16, 2021
Strasbourg has been struggling to stay healthy since finishing fifth in the Cy Young poll in 2019, when it went 18-6 with an ERA of 3.32 and registered 209.1 entries. He threw just five entries in the 2020 shortened season and was hit hard in his April 13 match against the Cardinals before falling on the injured list.
“So far, it has been good,” Nationals coach Dave Martinez told the media earlier this week from Arizona, where Washington was in the middle of a series against the Diamondbacks. “It is a progression.”
After firing his first pitch of the afternoon to the backstop, Strasburg calmed down and finished the first inning by placing Cullen Large looking at a folding curveball and Tyler White looking at a change
The 6-foot-tall right-hand removed the side in order in the second and worked around a single and a walk in the third shaking Large for the second time with a 145 km / h fastball in the letters. He then punched the side in the fourth goal to give him four consecutive eliminations.
Strasburg faced a hitter in fifth place, removing Riley Adams on a flight to the center, and was pulled after 75 shots for a beautiful round of applause from the 1,526 COVID-capable crowd.
This was only the 24th appearance in the Strasbourg secondary league since he was voted No. 1 overall by the Nationals outside San Diego State in 2009. He made 11 games between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse in 2010 – the last of which against the Bisons in Buffalo – before being promoted to the National. His other 13 appearances at MiLB were all started in rehab.
Washington, who entered the series final on Sunday in Arizona with a record of 15-20 and four games behind first place in NL East, must decide whether Strasbourg needs another rehabilitation session or whether it is ready to return to the league mound. main.
Christian Colón and Dilson Herrera had singles in Strasbourg by the Bisons.
“It’s always nice to be able to face a talented guy who did a lot of special things in the major league,” said coach Casey Candaele. “They were excited about it. Our guys want to face the best and that is what they have to do.”