CLEVELAND: By the start of this afternoon's game, 50 more media members than usual crowded into the Progressive Field press box to report on Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals' rookie sensation.
Indians officials reported that as of Saturday night, an additional 10,000 tickets had been sold for the game, 7,000 since he made his debut by giving up two runs in seven innings, while striking out 14 Pirates.
Today's walk-up crowd was dependent on the weather forecast, but it appeared that many fans ignored the prediction of possible showers and thunderstorms. As the Nationals began their at-bats in the second inning, many fans were still entering the ballpark.
No attendance announcements are made until at least the seventh inning, but it appeared that the crowd would top out at between 28,000 and 32,000.
In his first inning, Strasburg didn't disasppoint, strikiing out two batters asnd revving him fasetball up to 100 miles per hour. Fans hung on every pitch, registering loud oos and aahs at almost every delivery.