From Cruise Control to Breakdown Lane
Cubs 8, Nationals 2: All it took was (yet another) Ryan Zimmerman throwing error with nobody on and two outs in the fifth for Stephen Strasburg to fall apart? Can't blame Zim when Stras had Edwin Jackson 0-2 a few minutes later, and couldn't end the inning, etc.
Davey Johnson's postgame comments about Strasburg were telling (video via MASNSports.com here):
"It's unfortunate, I mean, that inning he threw 40 pitches. It's hard to explain.
Where we needed him to pick us up...the air went out..."
He's too a pitcher to let adversity behind him...let him down. It's a team effort, errors are part of the game."
Sometimes he's such a perfectionist, even when a guy flies out he'll wonder if the pitch was in the right spot."
Pin this one on the "Ace".
(Screencaps via MASN/TV)