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Stephen Strasburg wants to be treated like one of the guys, meaning no limits on his pitching.
The 23-year-old Washington Nationals phenom got his wish Wednesday.
The Nationals let their young ace top 100 pitches for the first time in 19 major league starts, and he worked his way out of a two-on, one-out jam in the sixth inning of a one-run ballgame.
“I was going to hold him to 100 pitches, but I didn’t know who to go to get out of the jam,” Nationals manager Da
vey Johnson said after a 4-0 victory against the New York Mets. “I probably would’ve had to strangle him to get the ball to get him out of the game.”
Strasburg threw 108 pitches to outlast Johan
Santana for six innings in a marquee matchup of aces on the mend, and the Nationals bullpen made the lead stand up on the 50th anniversary of the Mets’ first game.
Strasburg allowed two hits and struck out nine in helping the Nationals take the final two games of the three-game series against their division rival with stellar pitching.