Strasburg, Harrisburg Shut Down R-Phils

Stephen Strasburg continued pounding the Eastern League and this time it was the Reading Phillies. Strasburg threw five shutout innings and two Harrisburg relievers followed with four more as Harrisburg beat Reading 3-0. Reading's Yohan Flande again took the loss, but continued to pitch well.

Reading finished off their seven-game road trip facing Stephen Strasburg (2-0, 0.73), who has been beating up on Eastern League hitters to start the 2010 season.

Strasburg threw five innings, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out six hitters. On the season, Strasburg has now struck out 17 hitters in 12 1/3 innings and has allowed seven hits and just three walks. Keoni De Renne was the only Reading hitter to collect a hit against Strasburg.

Meanwhile, Yohan Flande (0-2, 0.96) lasted 6 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs. In each of his three starts, Flande has lasted at least six innings and had allowed just seven hits in 12 innings coming into Wednesday's game in which he allowed 12 hits. Flande issued no walks and struck out three.

On the season, Flande has lost two of his three starts, but has pitched well each time out. In his season debut, Flande got a no-decision against Portland, even though he allowed just one hit and two walks in the game. In his last outing, Flande allowed six hits in six innings, but took the loss in a game that Reading lost to Richmond 2-1.

Offensively, Reading wasn't able to mount much of a challenge even after Strasburg exited. Harrisburg relievers allowed just three hits in four innings of work. Mike Spidale led the offense with two hits.

Rafael Martin and Erik Arnesen each threw two innings in relief of Strasburg, with Arnesen picking up his first save of the season.

Reading now heads home for a six-game homestand against Richmond and Harrisburg. It's likely that Reading will face Strasburg April 26 in Reading, if Harrisburg's rotation holds.

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