Strasmas made its way to Fenway Park for the first time last night, as Stephen Strasburg allowed two runs over six innings in a 7-4 win over the Red Sox.
Strasburg, who was pitching on the two year anniversary of his major league debut, tied a season-high with 13 strikeouts and threw a career-high 119 pitches. He threw 33 of them in his final inning of work, as he managed to wiggle out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam by striking out Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Kevin Youkilis.
The Nationals pounded out 12 hits in the victory. Bryce Harper led the charge by going 3-for-5 with a two-run homer. The 19-year-old phenom is now hitting .288/.367/.532 with six homers, 17 RBI and an .899 OPS over his first 32 major league games. That’s pretty good.
Strasburg improved to 7-1 with the win and now holds a 2.41 ERA and 92/19 K/BB ratio over 68 innings this season. The Nationals currently sit at 33-23 on the year and have a one-game lead over the surging Braves in the ultra-competitive National League East.
Your Friday box scores:
Phillies 9, Orioles 6
Mets 1, Yankees 9
Royals 2, Pirates 4
Tigers 5, Reds 6 (10 innings)
Rays 5, Marlins 1
Blue Jays 3, Braves 4 (10 innings)
Astros 8, White Sox 3
Cubs 7, Twins 8 (10 innings)
Indians 6, Cardinals 2
Angels 7, Rockies 2
Athletics 8, Diamondbacks 9
Dodgers 0, Mariners 1
Rangers 5, Giants 0
Padres 5, Brewers 9
The Rangers outrighted reliever Shawn Tolleson off the 40-man roster on Wednesday. Rather than accept the assignment to Triple-A Round Rock, Tolleson has opted to become a free agent, Rangers executive VP of communications John Blake reports.
Tolleson, 28, emerged as a closer for the Rangers in 2015, but his follow-up campaign this year was dreadful. He finished with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He eventually went on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury.
Despite the nightmarish season, it’s easy to see a team deciding to take a flier on Tolleson for the 2017 season.
Indians slugger Carlos Santana hasn’t played in the outfield in a major league game since 2012, but the Indians are strongly considering starting him in left field for Game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field on Friday, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. As the game is hosted in a National League park, there is no DH rule in effect, so the Indians might otherwise have to keep Santana on the bench.
Santana is hitless in six at-bats in the World Series thus far, but he has drawn two walks. He has overall not had a great postseason, carrying an aggregate .564 OPS in 40 plate appearances since the beginning of the playoffs. Still, during the regular season, he had an .865 OPS so he can certainly be a threat on offense at any given moment.