Thursday, June 2, 2011

Lannan beats Phils for 1st time, Nats take series

A day after Cliff Lee and the Phillies were crushed 10-2 in Washington, John Lannan beat the Phils for the first time in his career in the rubber match yesterday.

In 14 previous tries, Lannan had been 0-10 with a 6.44 ERA. He pitched 5.1 innings in the 2-1 victory, allowing one unearned run, just four hits, three walks and one strikeout.

Roy Oswalt was solid as well, allowing two runs over five innings on six hits, two walks and three strikeouts. Laynce Nix hit a solo shot in the third, his ninth of the year, to give the Nats a 2-1 lead. Surprisingly, that score would hold.

Nix also made the play of the game in the field in the top of the sixth. Domonic Brown pinch-hit for Oswalt with the bases loaded and two outs. He hit a line drive toward the gap in left-center, when Nix closed a ton of ground to make a game saving, full extension diving catch, which saved at least two runs from scoring.

Fortunately for the Phils, they have an off day today and should have Shane Victorino activated for tomorrow's game against the red hot Pittsburgh Pirates.

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