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Danny Espinosa gets tangled up with Dan Uggla trying to turn a double play.
Hitting lowlight: The Nationals put plenty of men on base. They just couldn't drive enough of them in. For that, you can blame some poor execution at the plate in several innings. Strasburg couldn't get a bunt down in the second, ultimately whiffing on strike three and hanging Chad Tracy out to dry at second base for a bad double play. Ian Desmond and Tracy also couldn't advance the two runners on base in the sixth, each striking out to squander a golden opportunity. Given as much damage as they inflicted on Teheran, it's awfully disappointing that they scored only two runs in this game.
Pitching highlight: If you only watched him pitch and weren't keeping track of stats, you'd have thought Strasburg really labored tonight. He certainly looked like he did, struggling with mechanics, falling behind hitters, issuing leadoff walks in three of his first five innings and pitching out of the stretch almost the entire evening. But then take a look at the final results: two earned runs in six innings. And look at his season numbers: 3.13 ERA, 36 strikeouts, 12 walks in 37 1/3 innings. Obviously, the bar for Strasburg was set a lot higher than it is for just about anyone else. But you get the sense there would be a lot less agonizing over the right-hander right now if his teammates simply offered up some more support and didn't leave him with a 1-4 record. Is Strasburg battling out there so far this season? Absolutely. It does show you just how good he is, though, to be able to pitch at a standard clearly below what he and we expect from him, yet still boast better-than-average numbers at the end of the day.
Key stat: With two more hits tonight, Dan Uggla is now 11-for-23 with a 1.464 OPS in his career against Strasburg.
Up next: Game 2 of this big, four-game series features a matchup of the Nats' No. 2 starter (Gio Gonzalez) and the Braves' ace (Tim Hudson). Both have been erratic so far this season, sporting matching 2-1 records and 4.50 ERAs. First pitch is again scheduled for 7:10 p.m.