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The first 15,000 fans to attend Thursday’s game between the Nats and Marlins will receive a commemorative DVD of Stephen Strasburg’s historic debut against the Pirates on June 8.
Making his Major League debut after 11 sensational Minor League starts, Strasburg pitched seven innings of two-run ball against Pittsburgh, earning the win and striking out 14 in the Nats’ 5-2 victory.
Delwyn Young’s two-run home run with two outs in the fourth was the only damage against Strasburg.
A sellout crowd of 40,315 saw Strasburg allow just four hits, and his 14 strikeouts established a club record. The 14 strikeouts by Strasburg in a Major League debut were one shy of the all-time mark of 15 set by Karl Spooner in 1954 and J.R. Richard in ’71. Even more amazing was that he struck out no more than nine batters in a game when pitching in the Minor Leagues.
Strasburg, who did the job without looking at scouting reports, threw 94 pitches, 65 for strikes, and didn’t walk a batter. The righty retired his final 10 batters, striking out his last seven.
Presented by Harris Teeter, the DVD will contain MASN’s broadcast coverage of the entire game as well as bonus features, including post-game interviews, highlights and a “Know Your Nats” segment with Strasburg.
In honor of US military members, Microsoft and the USO have partnered with the Nationals to host A Salute to Our Troops on Sunday.
The event kicks off with a USO Care Package Party beginning at 9:30 am ET in the Nationals Park Conference Center, where more than 125 volunteers will spend two hours assembling care packages for local military families.
Nationals right-hander Matt Capps and left fielder Josh Willingham will also stop by to participate beginning at 10:45 am.
The volunteers will then head to the Rooftop Party Deck to join more than 250 special guests, including wounded warriors, for a private BBQ reception before the Nationals face the Giants at 1:35 pm. ET