Stephen Strasburg first to 100 wins in a Nats uniform

Josh Luckenbaugh
June 05, 2019 - 8:18 am
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Tuesday night was far from Stephen Strasburg's best start in a Nationals uniform, but it turned out to be one of his most noteworthy outings.

Strasburg went five innings and gave up five runs, but the Nats rallied past the White Sox to triumph 9-5, giving the 30-year old his 100th career win. Strasburg is the only pitcher in Nationals history to win 100 games with the organization.

"I think it's a great personal accomplishment, and I'm very fortunate and blessed to have been able to do that," Strasburg said afterwards. "But I think this whole time and in the future, wins and losses — as much as you like having them next to your name — that's a team thing."

"And I think it's just great that this was such a big team win, and they really picked me up for the 100th."

The Nationals fell into an early 5-0 hole against Chicago Tuesday night, but Washington scored nine unanswered runs, six of them coming in an amazing fifth inning which featured two home runs. 

"We have a lot of length in the lineup," Strasburg said. "We have guys that can get on base and turn walks into triples, and guys that could hit balls out of the ballpark."

"We've shown that we can play really good baseball, and if we continue to do that, we can play with anybody."

And to Strasburg's credit, he battled back after giving up four runs in the first inning to pitch four innings of one-run ball the rest of the way, keeping the Nats alive until the offense woke up.

"Kudos to Stras," manager Davey Martinez said. "He gave up a few runs early, but he kept us right there and he battled."

"It's a testament to him. Gets his 100th win today, I know you'd liked it a lot different, but it's still a win for him. And that's what we talk about. The best thing I liked about it, it was a team effort. And the team's playing really well."

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