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Stephen Strasburg dominates in return to Nationals Park

John E De Freitas. | 6/22/2010, 9:39 a.m.
With his strikeout of Alexei Ramirez in the fifth inning, Stephen Strasburg established an MLB record for most strikeouts in first 3 games of a career (since 1900) with 32. Strasburg shattered the previous record of 29 set by J.R. Richard (1971). Photo by John E. DeFreitas.

Nats Lose to 2-1 to Chicago White Sox

In front of a near-capacity crowd of 40,325 fans, including President Barack Obama, the Chicago White Sox defeated the Washington Nationals 2-1 after 11 innings at Nationals Park last Friday evening.

The Nationals' fourth straight loss was a disappointment for the team but the evening was a record breaking session in which Strasburg used 85 pitches to strike out 10 batters in seven innings, breaking a 39-year-old record for the most strike outs after three major league starts.
"That wasn't a goal of mine," Strasburg said. "It's never going to be a goal of mine. My goal is to go out there and help the team win. It's all about wins and losses at this level. You can go out there and strike everybody out, but at the end of the day if you don't keep your team within striking distance, what does that all matter? But as long as we keep playing hard these next few games we're going to get some wins."
Gavin Floyd tossed 8.0 strong innings, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits while walking 1 and striking out 5. He retired 9 in a row at one point including tonight's effort and boasts a 1.23 ERA (3 ER/22 IP) with 22 strikeouts in his last 3 starts. Photo by John E. DeFreitas.
White Sox 2nd baseman Gordon Beckham gets set to tag Nationals Josh Willingham out in the second inning. Photo by John E. DeFreitas.
Cristian Guzman aims for first base after Pat Konerko fails to make it to second base on time. Photo by John E. DeFreitas.