With all the protocols in put, Stephen Strasburg acquired a good feel Monday night time for what pitching on the street will entail this time throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Past year’s Planet Series MVP threw five robust innings for Washington in a 4-2 exhibition gain over the Baltimore Orioles.
Nationals manager Dave Martinez stated the workforce took 5 buses for the 45-minute experience to Baltimore so gamers and personnel could place out, with 14 individuals on every single bus.
“It really is fairly intensive,” Strasburg reported. “You get on the bus, and you have to have on a facial area mask the total time. Then you get in, and essentially they temperature monitor you. It’s form of tough to get a superior temperature reading through when it truly is 100 degrees outside.
“But if you move that, then you appear into the clubhouse, and everybody’s type of sectioned off. So it really is just form of an adjustment that we have to make. But regretably, it is sort of demanding to develop workforce chemistry in an surroundings like this appropriate now.”
Strasburg seemed great on the mound, though. The appropriate-hander struck out 6, walked none and authorized 1 attained operate.
He reported it was “fairly odd” pitching with no admirers in the stands.
“It really is just what we have acquired to deal with. I think we’re all opponents here, so the recreation out on the discipline won’t truly improve,” Strasburg explained.
Howie Kendrick homered, doubled and drove in 3 operates for the defending champions.