Monday August 25th, 2014

That was a close one.

Disaster almost struck at the Washington Nationals game Sunday, when a young girl — who evidently took the wrong route off the field — almost ran in front of a warm-up pitch from hard-throwing right-hander Stephen Strasburg.

Luckily, he either saw her come into his line of vision while winding up, or he saw Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton put up his arms to signal him to stop.

The Nationals allow a select group of fans to get out on the field before each home game.

The very first batter Strasburg faced in the game — San Francisco Giants center fielder Gregor Blanco — hit a home run. In the end,  the girl and the Nationals got a happy ending in the form of a 14-6 win. Strasburg, though, struggled, pitching just four innings while giving up five earned runs.

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