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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg strikes out 10 White Sox batters for a total of 32k's through 3 starts, Strasburg is the best new pitcher since Babe Ruth in 1914.

WASHINGTON - Stephen Strasburg can hardly throw any better. He set a strikeout record in front of President Barack Obama in another sensational performance.The baseball holiday known as Strasmas — it comes every fifth day on your calendar right now — was again a spectacle Friday night. The 21-year-old rookie struck out 10 to run his total to an unprecedented 32 through three starts, but he experienced his first no-decision as the Chicago White Sox beat the Washington Nationals 2-1 in 11 innings before another sellout crowd.  

Obama’s arrival wasn’t announced inside the stadium, and there wasn’t the stringent security for fans that usually accompanies a public appearance. Joined by daughters Sasha and Malia and sipping a beer in a private box, the president wore a White Sox hat in support of his hometown team — just as he did when he threw out the first pitch at the ballpark on opening day.

Obama’s motorcade departed during the ninth inning, but he was part of another Strasburg sellout. The Nationals have filled the stands only three times all season: The first was opening day, and other two are Strasburg’s two home starts. Friday’s attendance was 40,325.


Strasburg allowed four hits over seven innings and at one point retired 15 batters in a row, mixing in his now-familiar repertoire of fastballs that occasionally hit 100 mph and curveballs and changeups that leave batters looking bewildered. He lowered his ERA to 1.86 and didn’t walk a batter for the second time in three starts. He threw 85 pitches, 59 for strikes.  Stephen Strasburg is the best thing for Major League Baseball since Babe Ruth.

 

Babe Ruth appeared in five games for the Red Sox in 1914, pitching in four of them. Babe Ruth picked up the victory in his major league debut on July 11, 1914.  On July 11, 1914, in his major league debut, George Herman "Babe" Ruth pitches seven strong innings to lead the Boston Red Sox over the Cleveland Indians, 4-3.  Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg won his first major league ball game on June 8th, 2010, 96 years after Babe Ruth, Strassburg also went 7 innings.
Stephen Strasburg, 7:05 PM ET, June 8, 2010…. Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.  
       1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
PIT 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 0
WAS 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 - 5 11 0
W: S. Strasburg (1-0)…..L: J. Karstens (1-2)
SV: M. Capps (19)

The Red Sox had many star players in 1914, so Ruth was soon optioned to the minor league Providence Grays of Providence, Rhode Island for most of the remaining season. Behind Ruth and Carl Mays, the Grays won the International League pennant. Shortly after the season, in which he'd finished with a 2–1 record.

Babe Ruth Career pitching: 94 won-46 lost / 1,121.3 Innings Pitched / 2.28 ERA / 448 K's.
Babe Ruth, George Herman Ruth (The Bambino and The Sultan Of Swat)
Positions: Outfielder and Pitcher
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 6′ 2″, Weight: 215 lb.
Born: February 6, 1895 in Baltimore, MD
High School: St. Mary’s (Baltimore, MD)
Debut: July 11, 1914
Teams (by GP): Yankees/RedSox/Braves 1914-1935
Final Game: May 30, 1935
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA as Player in 1936 (215/226 ballots).
Died: August 16, 1948 in New York, NY
Buried: Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY

BABE RUTH as a rookie pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in 1915.  During spring training in 1915, Ruth secured a spot in the Red Sox starting rotation. He joined a pitching staff that included Rube Foster, Dutch Leonard, and Smokey Joe Wood. Ruth won 18 games, lost eight, and helped himself by hitting .315. He also hit his first four home runs. The Red Sox won 101 games that year on their way to a victory in the World Series. Ruth did not pitch in the series, and grounded out in his only at-bat.


In 1916, after a slightly shaky spring, Babe Ruth went 23–12, with a 1.75 ERA and nine shutouts, both of which led the league. On June 27, he struck out ten Philadelphia A's, a career high. On July 11, he started both games of a doubleheader, but the feat was not what it seemed; he only pitched one-third of an inning in the opener because the scheduled starter, Foster, had trouble getting loose. Ruth then pitched a complete-game victory in the nightcap. Ruth had unusual success against Washington Senators star pitcher Walter Johnson, beating him four times in 1916 alone, by scores of 5–1, 1–0, 1–0 in 13 innings, and 2–1. Johnson finally outlasted Ruth for an extra-inning 4–3 victory on September 12; in the years to come, Ruth would hit ten home runs off Johnson, including the only two Johnson would allow in 1918–1919. Ruth's nine shutouts in 1916 set an AL record for left-handers which would remain unmatched until Ron Guidry tied it in 1978.



Despite a weak offense, hurt by the sale of Tris Speaker to the Indians, the Red Sox made it to the World Series. They defeated the Brooklyn Robins four games to one. This time Ruth made a major contribution, pitching a 14-inning complete-game victory in Game Two.

In 1918 Ruth went 24–13 with a 2.01 ERA and six shutouts and hit .325, but the Sox finished second, nine games behind the Chicago White Sox. On June 23 against the Washington Senators, after walking the leadoff hitter, Ruth erupted in anger, was ejected, and threw a punch at the umpire, which would result in a ten-game suspension. Ernie Shore came into the game in relief, the baserunner was out stealing, and Shore retired all twenty-six batters he faced, for which he was credited with a perfect game until the 1990s.



Babe Ruth was pitching a no-hitter in a 0–0 game against the Detroit Tigers on July 11, before a single deflected off his glove in the eighth inning. Boston finally pushed across a run in the ninth, and Ruth held onto his 1–0 victory by striking out Ty Cobb. In 1942, Ruth called this game his greatest thrill on the field.


In 1918, Ruth pitched in 20 games, posting a 13–7 record with a 2.22 ERA. He was mostly used as an outfielder, and hit a league-leading eleven home runs. His statistics were curtailed slightly when he walked off the team in July following an argument with Boston's manager.


Babe Ruth threw a 1–0 shutout in the opener of the 1918 World Series, then won Game Four in what would be his final World Series appearance as a pitcher. Ruth won both his starts, allowing two runs (both earned) in seventeen innings for an ERA of 1.06. Ruth extended his World Series consecutive scoreless inning streak to 29⅔ innings, a record that would last until Whitey Ford broke it in 1961.

 

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