Strasburg sticks around, puts in work after rough start

Strasburg sticks around, puts in work after rough start

MIAMI -- Stephen Strasburg had a long night on the mound Tuesday, and it turned out to be a late night at Marlins Park, as well.

After getting hit around by Miami and giving up a career-high seven runs, Strasburg had "an old-fashioned sitdown" with catcher Kurt Suzuki, pitching coach Steve McCatty and bench coach Randy Knorr, according to Nationals manager Davey Johnson.

They met to discuss what went wrong for Strasburg as he scattered nine hits over 5 1/3 innings. And after the meeting, Johnson said, McCatty sent Strasburg a text message to look at what happened to Tigers ace Justin Verlander on Tuesday night.

Verlander had an even worse night, getting rocked for eight runs on 12 hits over 5 2/3 innings. As Johnson said, "It can happen to anyone."

"Stras just was a little off and getting behind. ... He'll be fine," Johnson said. "He and Suzuki and 'Cat and Randy Knorr, I think they closed down this place last night. ... That was interesting to hear."

Strasburg said after the game that he didn't throw enough first-pitch strikes and admitted it was "probably not a good thing" that he didn't change his approach with runners on base, a mentality that allowed the slow-footed Carlos Lee to steal second base without a throw from Suzuki.

"I've got to remember there's a guy on base, and I have to keep my times different and pick over a couple times," Strasburg said Tuesday night. "There's no excuses."

Strasburg also noticed the Marlins were waiting on his fastball inside, then taking it to the opposite field, but he didn't make any adjustments himself.

"I just kept on trying to do the same thing, and they were cheating, cheating -- and they got me," he said. "Just got to remember to trust my stuff, and next time out I've got to go out there and really just read what I see and pitch to it, basically."