The sign of an ace, is a pitcher who can come in and stop a losing streak, on demand, by single handedly taking over a game.
John Lannan did just that Saturday night, earning his first complete game. In nine innings he allowed just four hits and one un-earned run, completely baffling the Mets batters, drawing five double plays.
He finally once again looked like the John Lannan from last year that is a bulldog on the mound, thriving in pressure situations, using his great sinker action to demand ground balls.
Five double plays, when only allowing seven total base runners, shows a true ability to dictate the game. He said later that his sinker felt on from the beginning, and it showed.
The Nats gave him an early lead as well, which helped. The team combined for two, three-run innings. In the first Ryan Zimmerman singled in Nick Johnson from second base, and the next at bat Adam Dunn ended his powerless streak with a two-run homer to deep right.
In the fifth perhaps two of the most surprising people in the Nats line up to walk, John Lannan and Cristian Guzman, did. Nick Johnson, continuing his audition with the Mets, smacked a homer to drive them all in.
Elijah Dukes also hit a homer in the fourth inning.