Strasburg feels pinch in elbow, Nats beat Braves in 11th
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 08, 2016 03:33 PM
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws during the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg winced and, no doubt, so did everyone else who supports the Washington Nationals.
The Washington ace felt a pinch in the back of his right elbow in the third inning and was forced to make an early exit Wednesday night in his first start since returning from the disabled list.
With a stadium full of teammates and fans wondering what went wrong, the NL East leaders went on to defeat Atlanta 5-4 in 11 innings.
After the game ended well past midnight, the Nationals said Strasburg would get an MRI. They didn't elaborate on the severity of his injury.
"He had good command," manager Dusty Baker said. "Usually if something's wrong you don't have command. So we're hoping that it's something minor, but we'll find out tomorrow."
Strasburg had been out since Aug. 17 because of soreness in the same elbow. The right-hander left after 2 1/3 innings, allowing a run on two hits.
"He was cleared. He wasn't trying to be a hero," Baker said. "He said he felt fine, but a lot of times you really don't know until you get into the action."
The NL West-leading Dodgers had a 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, completing a three-game sweep when Yasiel Puig homered and drove in another run.
The Cleveland Indians beat Houston 6-5 to extend their lead over Detroit to 5 1/2 games in the AL Central. Carlos Carrasco overcame a home run and an apparent bug in his eye to pitch into the eighth inning. The game-time temperature was warm, causing swarms of midges to journey from Lake Erie to the muggy ballpark.
Carrasco (11-7) allowed Colby Rasmus' two-run homer in the fourth, one batter after the game was stopped briefly when one of the bugs appeared to get in his eye. The right-hander regrouped after the home run, allowing four runs in 7 1/3 innings.
Elsewhere in the majors, it was:
BREWERS 2, CUBS 1
Jonathan Villar hit two home runs and Keon Broxton robbed Anthony Rizzo of a homer in the ninth inning to help Milwaukee beat Chicago.
RED SOX 7, PADRES 2
Travis Shaw, Hanley Ramirez and Brock Holt homered and David Price threw seven solid innings to lead Boston past San Diego, moving the Red Sox into first place in the AL East.
YANKEES 2, BLUE JAYS 0
Bryan Mitchell earned his first major league win, combining with Luis Severino and Tyler Clippard to shut down Toronto in New York's victory.
Starlin Castro homered and Brian McCann had an RBI single for the Yankees, who have won four straight and closed within 2 1/2 games of Baltimore for the second AL wild card.
RAYS 7, ORIOLES 6
Corey Dickerson had a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh inning, helping Tampa Bay beat Baltimore to avoid a three-game sweep.
METS 6, REDS 3
Jose Reyes homered on the first pitch of the game, Noah Syndergaard lasted five shaky shutout innings and New York won its fifth in a row — it was the Mets' 14th straight win over Cincinnati.
The Mets finished off a three-game sweep and have won eight of 10. They pulled within a percentage point of St. Louis for the second NL wild card, both a half-game behind San Francisco.
ROCKIES 6, GIANTS 5
Cristian Adames hit a two-run double in the ninth inning off Joe Nathan in Colorado's comeback victory over San Francisco.
PIRATES 4, CARDINALS 3
Jung Ho Kang led off the eighth inning with a home run, helping Pittsburgh beat St. Louis to end an eight-game losing streak.
The Cardinals are percentage points ahead of the New York Mets for the second NL wild card.
WHITE SOX 7, TIGERS 4
Avisail Garcia hit a go-ahead single against his former team in a four-run eighth inning as Chicago beat Detroit to keep the Tigers a game out of the final AL wild-card spot.
TWINS 6, ROYALS 5
Miguel Sano's hustle led Minnesota to a pair of early runs and his RBI double tied it in the decisive seventh inning, helping the Twins beat Kansas City.
ATHLETICS 4, ANGELS 1
Jharel Cotton won in his major league debut, leading Oakland past Los Angeles.
MARINERS 8, RANGERS 3
Adam Lind hit the fourth grand slam of his career as part of Seattle's five-run first inning, added a solo home run in his next at-bat and led the Mariners past Texas.
Lind's 19th and 20th homers helped Seattle jump to an 8-0 lead and kept the Mariners on the fringe of the AL wild-card race, five games behind Baltimore.
MARLINS 6, PHILLIES 0
Andrew Cashner matched his season high for strikeouts with nine over 5 1/3 innings and earned his first win for Miami in the victory over Philadelphia.