John Lannan was denied his first win again, as the Washington Nationals dropped another game to the Phillies tonight.
In a game that saw the two clubs throw their young aces, John Lannan did not look good. Going 5 innings, allowing 6 runs on 9 hits, Lannan dropped to 0-3 on the season. Looking good through 2, Lannan came into the third and allowed 5 runs on 3 hits, one walk and an error. Two of the hits being home runs to Chase Utley and Pedro Feliz. Rebounding, Lannan would fight on until the fifth before giving up another homer to Utley.
The Nat’s pen, this time with no game to blow, saw Jason Bergmann come in to work at one hit, scoreless 6th before the game was passed to Saul Rivera who would allow another home run to Ibanez in the 8th.
Hamels strode to improve his bad starts and bad luck this season blanking the Nats over 4, allowing 4 hits before running into more bad luck fielding a Lannan bunt in the 5th. Hamels would roll his ankle before falling to the ground in pain. The Philly pen, along with a big deficit proved too much for the Nationals bats.
Offensively, the Nationals looked as if last night’s depressing and deflating loss and indeed deflated them. With the exception of a Zimmerman double in the first, extending his hit streak to 17(the most in Washington Nationals history) and Dunn’s 2-3 performance with a monster home run to right field, the bats were silent tonight.
In good news, which is hard to see after last night’s inexcusable loss, Christian Guzman rejoins the club tomorrow, as error-machine Alberto Gonzalez was optioned down. And hey, The Caps won an amazing game 7.