Nats lose, swept again

Despite allowing only four hits, John Lannan could not keep the Phillies off the base-paths Sunday afternoon as the Nats fell to Philadelphia 4-2.

The Washington ace threw 106 pitches through five innings against the reigning World Champs, allowing only four hits. The lefty earned the loss however by giving up three earned runs supplemented by four walks and a homer. With the loss Lannan falls to 2-5 on the year with a 4.21 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP.

While Lannan’s pitches were missing bats, as evidenced by his seven strikeouts, they were also missing the plate. Only 61 of Lannan’s 106 pitches were strikes, which allowed runners to get on base, and the Phillies to capitalize on only four hits.

The Nats batters couldn’t figure out the slow moving Jamie Moyer, who at the age of 45 earned his 250th career victory Sunday. Through six innings he shut down the Nats to only three hits and one earned run. The master of control allowed no walks and struck out four curly w’s.

The only National who could get any wood on the ball today was Josh Willingham who continued his hot streak, going 2/4 with two homers. Willingham attributes his recent success at the plate to receiving more consistent playing time, and I don’t disagree with him. In the month of May Willingham is batting .292/.407/.611 with eight homers. Oddly enough, however, all nine of Willingham’s homers this year have been solo shots.

The Washington Nationals have now lost 17 out of their last 20 games.