In his second career start, Stephen Strasburg went 5 1/3 innings, allowed one run and struck out eight Cleveland Indians. He also walked five batters. Through two career games Strasburg has 22 strikeouts, tied for the second most in MLB history. The record is 27, set by Karl Spooner in 1954.
Strasburg struck out the side in the 4th inning. In his start against the Pittsburgh Pirates last Tuesday, Strasburg struck out the side three times.
Strasburg did not strike out a hitter in the 3rd inning on Sunday. He had only one inning in his first start in which he did not register a strikeout. In the third inning on Tuesday he gave up the home run to Delwyn Young.
The home run allowed in the 2nd inning on Sunday to Travis Hafner was on a 100 mile-per-hour fastball. Delwyn Young's home run on Tuesday was also on a changeup. Both Hafner and Young were batting left-handed.
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Here's a list of the pitchers with the most strikeouts over their first two MLB games:
Strasburg’s five walks on Sunday were as many as he had in his last five starts combined (four in AAA, one in MLB). All five of his walks came in the fourth inning or later, as the Indians did a better job of laying off pitches. In the first three innings, the Indians chased 27.8 pct of Strasburg’s pitches out of the zone; that number fell to 11.8 the rest of the game. For the second straight game, Strasburg allowed a home run on a changeup to a left-handed batter. Those are the only two hits Strasburg has surrendered with his changeup.