Stephen Strasburg, making his second start of the season following Tommy John surgery and rehab, was not nearly as sharp as his first outing, but he did throw 57 pitches in three innings, allowing one earned run on three hits, no walks and four strikeouts.
Strasburg threw one more pitch than he did in his first outing, a shutout, two-hit, five inning stint.
The right-hander struggled with his command for the first two innings of the appearance, throwing 31 pitches in the first inning alone. Though he threw strikes, he had trouble locating his fastball, and when he did the Astros did a good job of hacking, fouling off a large percentage of the strikes.
Strasburg's velocity was down a touch as well. His fastest pitch was recorded at 97, but according to PitchFX, his four-seam fastball averaged 95 and his two-seam fastball sat at 92-94 MPH. His now-famous change-up was down as well, hitting 87 MPH as opposed to his customary 90 MPH. Without much separation in speed, the Astros were making more contact on the fastballs, though most of the contact came in the form of foul balls.
Three of his four strikeouts can on the change-up though, and the other came on his best sinking two-seam fastball of the day.
Strasburg is scheduled to pitch again next Saturday, Sept. 17, against the Florida Marlins.