KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Stephen Strasburg has that feeling again, the one that made him a phenom in 2010 before injuring his elbow.
Healthy again, he just needs to get his command back to where it was when he got the call up to the major leagues.
Strasburg gave up two homers and allowed four runs in four innings Wednesday night as the Braves defeated the Nationals, 6-5, and increased his ERA for three spring starts to 7.45.
"My arm feels so good, I'm overthrowing," Strasburg said. "Once it clicks, I'll be fine."
Atlanta's Dan Uggla hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Jason Heyward connected with no one on in the fourth. Strasburg gave up five hits and four runs, walking two and striking out one.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson said that Strasburg's only problem is a lack of control — and a little stubbornness. Strasburg didn't disagree with either assessment, especially about trying to throw his fastball by everyone when his command isn't quite there yet.
On Uggla's homer to right field, Strasburg said: "I wanted to blow it by him."
Strasburg threw 73 pitches and lost the strike zone in his last two innings, when 21 of his 44 pitches were balls.
"It's going to get better," Strasburg said.