Stephen Strasburg got back to his old form on Saturday night, in fact, he may have been a tad better than he once was. Strasburg set a career-high with 15 strikeouts to lead the Washington Nationals in a 3-0 shutout of the San Diego Padres. Strasburg allowed just three hits over seven innings, while also adding a single and a run scored at the plate. He improved to 6-1 on the season and scored the Nats' first run of the game, which came on an RBI fielder's choice from Bryce Harper. The right-hander's performance follows a 13-strikeout effort from Max Scherzer in Friday's 5-1 victory to open the series. In the first two games combined, San Diego's offense has six hits and 31 strikeouts, 17 of which came on Saturday. Michael A. Taylor supported Strasburg at the plate with a two-run home run that scored Anthony Rendon. Matt Albers threw a scoreless eighth for Washington and Koda Glover earned his fifth save by shutting things down in the ninth. Clayton Richard suffered his sixth loss for San Diego, surrendering three runs on 10 hits in six innings. The Nationals will look to complete the sweep on Sunday afternoon.
Trout Hits 16th HR in Angels' Win
Mike Trout has not slowed down since his major league debut, which now has the comparisons of Barry Bonds coming to the minds of baseball experts. The star centerfielder connected with his major-league leading 16th home run in the Los Angeles Angels' 5-2 win over the Miami Marlins. The big fly came off of Vance Worley and went 443 feet to left field, a day after Giancarlo Stanton hit a long ball 460 feet in Friday's Miami victory. Los Angeles' starter J.C. Ramirez went seven innings to match his longest start, allowing just one unearned run in his fifth win. Closer Bud Norris earned the save after leaving his last outing with a sore right knee. Norris did allow a home run to Marcell Ozuna, but said he felt better this time around. Cameron Maybin also had a big game at the plate for the Angels, as he recorded two hits, including an RBI triple, scored three times, and stole two bases. Andrelton Simmons drove in two, as did Luis Valbuena on a two-run single. Trout added an infield single later in the game to raise his league-best average to .342. The win for the Angels puts them at 26-26, making it the 12th separate time they have reached .500 this season. The rubber match between these two teams will take place Sunday afternoon.
Anderson Loses No-Hit Bid in Eighth, Brewers Shut Down Diamondbacks
Chase Anderson found a way to quiet the recently red-hot Arizona Diamondbacks offense, taking a no-hit bid into the eighth inning in the Milwaukee Brewers' 6-1 win on Saturday night. Nick Ahmed led off the eighth inning with a single to break up the bid for Anderson, who struck out a career-high 11 batters, walked three, and threw a career-high 114 pitches. The Brewers were also able to get to Dbacks' ace Zack Greinke, highlighted by Jeff Bandy's three-run double. The right-hander suffered his third loss of the year, as Arizona saw their five-game win streak come to an end. Jesus Aguilar added a big fly and Domingo Santana knocked in a run with an RBI single in the win, which put Milwaukee in first place in the NL Central. The Brewers moved a half game above the Chicago Cubs, who were shut out by the Los Angeles Dodgers for a second straight night. The Diamondbacks had to be feeling good heading into this game due to Grienke's recent success at Miller Park. With the loss, the former Brewer falls to 16-3 in that stadium. Milwaukee will look to earn the series split in the final game on Sunday.