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Stephen Strasburg gives up first runs with Triple-A Syracuse

Stephen Strasburg

Syracuse Chiefs pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws against the Gwinett Braves during the first inning in AAA International League baseball game in Syracuse, N.Y., Friday, May 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)

Kevin Rivoli

Ship ‘em out of town, says Steve Phillips. Stephen Strasburg yielded two runs -- one earned -- over a brief five-inning start for Triple-A Syracuse on Monday night, according to Ben Goessling of

Strasburg gave up an unearned run in the top of the third inning -- ending a scoreless streak of 20 1/3 innings at the Triple-A level. He gave up his first earned run in the fourth inning. All told, he threw 36 of 52 pitches for strikes while whiffing five and walking none.

Strasburg wasn’t perfect, but now owns a 0.39 ERA through his first four starts with Triple-A Syracuse, posting a 27/4 K/BB ratio over 23 1/3 innings. The young phenom has a 0.99 ERA and 54/10 K/BB ratio over nine starts between Double-A and Triple-A.

Goessling speculates that there’s a small chance he could make his major league debut against the Padres this weekend, but still holds true to the more likely scenario of a debut at home against the Reds on Friday, June 4. Don’t know about you, but I’m hoping to be there.