Guess it is like Virginia outfielder Dan Grovatt said this week. Stephen Strasburg is a human being.
And while the San Diego State ace (and soon-to-be No. 1 overall pick in the MLB draft) didn’t get torched – when you strike out 15 and walk none in seven innings, you didn’t pitch poorly – he demonstrated one of those baseball truths that tend to get forgotten sometimes.
Unless you’re going to go all Rick Wise and throw a no-hitter and hit two home runs in a game, you’re probably going to need a little help.
That Strasburg did not receive, and as a result Virginia won 5-1 in the opener of the Irvine regional. The Cavaliers scored three runs in the eighth once Strasburg (who was dealt his first loss of the season) gave way to the Aztecs’ bullpen.
Barring rain – and it never rains in Southern California – Strasburg probably won’t pitch again in this regional. It would wrap up Monday night, giving him two days rest, and there’s tens of millions of reasons Strasburg probably won’t appear in that span.
In any case, it’s a nice accomplishment for coach Brian O’Connor and Virginia. With as few as two more victories, the Cavaliers could head to the superregionals – a feat just as important for the program as scrapping out an impressive victory against The Greatest College Baseball Pitcher Ever.