So much for the intimidating mystique of Fenway Park; Strasburg looked like a man amongst a frustrated cadre of boys donned in red and white.
This 6’4” ironclad hurler established his mighty fastball early in the game. This in turn enabled Strasburg to unleash a knee-buckling arsenal of changeups and curveballs that devastated Boston’s hitters.
With the win, Strasburg goes to 7-1 with a 2.41 ERA. The 23-year-old has compiled 92 strikeouts to just 19 walks and a WHIP of 1.05 in 71 innings of work this season.
Not bad for a guy coming off Tommy John surgery.
Bryce Harper was by no means intimidated either, for the rookie phenom went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and three RBI.
Through 36 games, Harper is batting .288 with six home runs and 17 RBI. He also has eight doubles and four triples. Harper’s OBP/SLG/OPS stat line is .367/.532/.899.
Danny Espinosa, Ryan Zimmerman, Ian Desmond and Tyler Moore also achieved multi-hit games for the Nationals.
For the Red Sox, Mike Aviles went 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI. Daniel Nava and Adrian Gonzalez also added a pair of hits.
Felix Doubront took the loss for Boston. The second-year starter falls to 6-3 with a 4.34 ERA on the year.