Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg turned 28 years old on Wednesday, but the Dodgers didn’t give him a nice belated birthday present on Thursday. Strasburg entered the start a perfect 13-0 over 17 starts, but he was knocked around by the Dodgers’ offense.
Strasburg was taken for six runs on seven hits and a walk with 10 strikeouts in suffering his first loss of the 2016 season. Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was responsible for five of those runs, swatting a two-run home run in the first inning and a three-run shot in the third. Adrian Gonzalez knocked in a run with a single ahead of Turner’s third-inning blast.
The Nats’ offense provided Strasburg only one run of support, which came on a Bryce Harper sacrifice fly, before he exited the game. They tacked on a run in each of the seventh and eighth innings, but fell short in a 6-3 loss.
Strasburg is now 13-1 with a 2.83 ERA and a 148/34 K/BB ratio in 120 2/3 innings. The right-hander is currently enjoying the best season of his seven-year career. It’s good timing as the Nationals inked him to a seven-year, $175 million contract extension two months ago.