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Strasburg got through the first inning on 11 pitches, giving up an infield hit to shortstop.
Two runners reached in the second on a one-out infield hit by Ryan Strausborger and a two-out fielding error by second baseman Jeff Kobernus. However, Strasburg got out of the jam by inducing the Pelicans' Andres James to pop out to third baseman Jose Lozada to end the inning.
"Obviously, he's a big part of what we're trying to do here. So sure, everyone's following what he's doing," Washington's Livan Hernandez said after pitching the Nationals past Philadelphia 4-2.
"It's a tough thing to come back from. A lot of people say well, he's young and he has time. But what happened to him is not good, and it doesn't matter how old you are. It's just a tough thing. But so far, so good. He's pitching really well, he's doing what he needs to do, and like I said, I think that's good for all of us here in the organization. Tonight was big for him."
Said Hernandez: "We're a family here, we're building something, and yes, we want to see everyone do well. We're all really behind him, from Davey (manager Johnson) on down, and we can't wait to see him come back here for good."
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