ATLANTA – For a moment, Stephen Strasburg ditched the usual stoic and focused action that he usually carries on the field dancing to his teammates in the dugout after one of the biggest innings of the year for Nationals.
Strasburg has starred in an eight-run, third-inning rally on Thursday night
ATLANTA – For a moment,
Strasburg played on an eight-run, third-inning rally on Thursday night against Braves at SunTrust Park. He started the inning with a single up in the middle, later scored from the first on a Adam Eaton triple and then punctuated the scoring by launching a 420-foot three-run home run off reliever Touki Toussaint, after the Nats chased starter Kyle Wright. [AyonsaEliasSportsBureauangStrasburgayangikalimangpitselsahuling50taonupangmaitalaangdalawanghitsaisanginningkasamaanghomerunatangunamulakayEdwinJacksonnoongAbril1
Strasburg is not done.
At one out of the fifth inning, Strasburg delivered a two-run single, also off Toussaint, to improve 3-for-3 with five RBIs and give Washington a 10-1 lead. He joined Micah Owings (August 18, 2007, D-backs and Braves) as the only pitchers since the designated hitter debuted in 1973 to enjoy a game with a home run and at least three hits and five RBIs.
As a custom for hitters following a homer, the Nationals have built a line of dancing to the dugout for Strasburg, joining pleasure, much to the satisfaction of his teammates.
Like his day job at the dump, Strasburg allowed the three to run in eight hits, eliminating seven, more than 5 1/3 innings.
Jamal Collier covered the Nationals for MLB.com from 2016. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier .