HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The Lexington Legends lit up Stephen Strasburg Wednesday night in the phenom pitcher's third rehabilitation start following Tommy John surgery.
The Washington Nationals' right-hander allowed five runs and four hits over 12⁄3 innings for the Hagerstown Suns in their South Atlantic League game against the Legends.
The outburst was not enough to prevent Lexington's ninth consecutive loss. The Suns pummeled Legends starter Luis Cruz for eight runs in the first three innings and prevailed 9-6.
Strasburg, who had cruised through his first two rehab starts, walked Delino DeShields Jr. to start the game then yielded a double to Tyler Burnett, a single to Domingo Santana and a double to Telvin Nash before retiring his first batter.
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He also allowed a double to Emilio King and a walk to DeShields in the second inning before being pulled as he approached his pitch limit of 50.
Strasburg is expected to make three more starts before returning to the majors next month.