SAN DIEGO -- There were 50 members of Stephen Strasburg's family who watched him pitch a career-high eight innings and allow two runs -- one earned -- on three hits in a 6-2 victory over the Padres.
Strasburg hasn't seen his family in four months and was pleased they were able to see his first Major League game at Petco Park. Strasburg has pitched a handful of games at Petco Park in college as a member of the San Diego State Aztecs.
"It has been a long time. They are all working, so it's not like they could fly out and visit [me] much," Strasburg said. "It's amazing how all the little ones have grown so much. That's the nature of it. It's always good to catch up."
In the game against the Padres, Strasburg said he didn't change anything except trying not to do too much on the mound. The biggest improvement was commanding his pitches while pitching from the stretch.
"I'd say the biggest thing I try not to do is try too hard, trying to throw the perfect pitch," Strasburg said. "Take what it gives you and just go out there and not really get off of what I'm doing the whole game when a guy gets in scoring position. It seemed to work a little bit more last night.
"At the same time, there are going to be other games in the future where you are going to go out there and something happens. It appears you get discombobulated," he said. "But I think the bigger thing is, I'm getting more and more comfortable out of the stretch. Early on, it seemed pretty tough to command the fastball and command the off-speed [pitches] down the stretch. It's a work in progress."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.