A Reading from Reading – A Special Report on Stephen Strasburg

Stephen Strasburg pitched five no-hit, no-walk innings last night for the Class AA Harrisburg Senators and improved his record to 3-0, lowered his ERA to 0.52, and pushed his strikeout total to 23 (just three walks) in 17.1 innings.

Billy-Ball.com friend Brian Englehardt filed this report from Reading, Pennsylvania after watching phee-nom Stephen Strasburg pitch in his latest (perhaps last?) Double A outing:

He made it look easy.

5 IP- 64 pitches -two balls out of the infield- one runner on base (on a third strike passed ball)- 6 Ks. No hits. Nothing even close.

He made the Eastern League  hitters look worse then Pedro (Martinez) did back last August. Looking even more effortless in the process.

The radar board had him between 94-95  on the fastballs to 78 on the curves. The article in the Eagle said he had some up to 98 but I didn’t see it.

The Reading Phils pitcher, Mike Cisco (Galen’s grandson) almost matched him. The first hit in the game wasn’t until the 4th inning – double in the gap. Strasburg then hit a two out single up the middle to drive in the game’s only run (actually a beautiful  throw on one hop  from Gilles in CF beat the runner to the plate by 10 feet but catcher Kevin Nelson couldn’t handle it). Good sign for the RPhils – 5 really solid innings, followed by Brad Lidge (who pitched for Reading on a rehabilitation assignment following offseason knee and elbow surgeries) pitching two good innings – struck out the side in one inning.

The only runner during Lidge’s two innings was as a result of a throwing error. His fastball was usually around 89, but a couple were 90-91…but most importantly…he didn’t walk anyone. I wonder who will go to make room for Lidge. They will have to make a deal with the Angels if they want to send (David) Herndon down.

It was cold out there last night. Lots more hot chocolate sold than beer.

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