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Wednesday, April 24th
(All times eastern)
St. Louis Cardinals (12-8) at Washington Nationals (10-10), 1:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Jaime Garcia (1-1, 3.22)
Washington - Stephen Strasburg (1-3, 2.96)
(Sports Network) - Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg hasn't been
himself since winning on Opening Day.
The fireballer is mired in a three-start losing streak and will take the hill
Wednesday afternoon in the finale of a three-game series versus the St. Louis
Cardinals at Nationals Park.
Strasburg delivered seven shutout innings in a 2-0 win over Miami on April 1,
but was then pounded at Cincinnati the next time out, allowing six runs and
nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. He gave up two unearned runs in another loss to
Atlanta and previously toed the mound last Friday in a 7-1 loss at New York.
The Mets reached the righty for four runs -- two earned -- and five hits in
six innings, sending Strasburg to a 1-3 mark and a 2.96 earned run average in
four starts. Strasburg did not figure into the decision of his only start
against St. Louis last Sept. 2 in D.C., where he tossed six shutout innings
and struck out nine in a 4-3 win.
Washington is on the verge of being swept in this series and suffered a 2-0
loss on Tuesday, when Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright threw 8 1/3 scoreless
innings and struck out nine batters.
"We had a large number of Cardinals fans in the stands that were cheering me
on, so that felt great," said Wainwright. "When I went out for the ninth, they
were going nuts and I was fired up."
Allen Craig and Carlos Beltran each drove in a run for St. Louis, which has
won four of its last six games.
Nats starter Ross Detwiler pitched well in defeat and allowed two runs and
eight hits in six innings. Bryce Harper had two of Washington's five hits.
"The effort's there but we're just not getting it done," said National manager
Davey Johnson. "We're just not getting it done. It's time to get a little
The Nationals have lost three in a row and eight of 11 games, and are 0-2 on a
Jaime Garcia tries to right himself from a poor outing when he takes the ball
Wednesday for the Cardinals. In Friday's 8-2 loss at Philadelphia, Garcia was
banged around for eight runs -- four earned -- and nine hits in a season low
three innings of work.
Garcia, a left-hander, had thrown seven shutout frames against Milwaukee on
April 14 and is 1-1 with a 3.22 earned run average in four starts. Garcia has
made four career starts against Washington, going 2-1 with a 3.74 ERA over 21
2/3 innings of work.
The Cardinals lost four of seven regular season matchups with Washington last
season, but knocked the Nationals out of the NLDS.
04/24 10:38:02 ET