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Solis steps up with dominant relief outing

Lefty delivers 3 shutout innings after Strasburg leaves with shoulder issue

WASHINGTON -- In the fourth inning on Tuesday night, Nationals left-hander Sammy Solis replaced starter Stephen Strasburg and pitched three shutout innings, allowing just one hit during Washington's 2-1 loss to Miami.

In two games, Solis, the Nationals' 28th-best prospect according to, has pitched five shutout innings. He has put an emphasis on fastball command.

Solis was called to action Tuesday because of Strasburg's exit due to shoulder irritation.

With the bullpen overworked, manager Matt Williams wondered after the game if Solis could pitch on back-to-back days. Solis believes he can.

"The good thing about Sammy is that he is a former starter and he understands how to pace himself," Williams said. "He threw the ball really well. He kept us in the game and allowed us to have chances to win it."

Said Solis, "I felt great. You never want to pitch in a situation like that early on with the starter coming out like that. But I was happy with what I did and I'll be ready to go."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats.
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