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Lannan through four

Of course the Dmitri Young stuff is likely to be the big story of the day, but there is the matter of this guy John Lannan making his major league debut. So far, it's gone about as you'd expect.

His first pitch was a ball. His first batter resulted in an infield hit for Jimmy Rollins. He then walked Shane Victorino and gave up a hard single to right to Chase Utley for a run. (The Nats had scored two in the top of the first on RBI singles from Dmitri Young and Austin Kearns (orginally ruled an error but changed to a bad-hop single).) It looked like it might be disastrous.

But he got Ryan Howard swinging at a low curveball for the first out of his major league career. And then he got the very dangerous Aaron Rowand to ground into a 5-4-3 double play, surviging the first without a disaster, throwing 21 pitches.

He allowed a leadoff single to Pat Burrell in the second, but got the next three guys. He then retired Rollins and Victorino on come-backers to the mound to get two outs in the third. Problem: Utley and Howard. They are left-handed hitters, and Lannan is a lefty. But they can hit anybody from any hand, and they did. Utley singled to center, and Howard took a 3-2 curveball and sent it just to the left of the 401-foot sign in straight away center field, a monstrous shot that made it 3-2 Phillies.

Lannan then set down three in a row -- one to end the third, two to open the fourth -- before running into a couple problems again. He walked the eighth-place hitter, backup catcher Rod Barajas, to get to Adam Eaton, the opposing pitcher. No big deal? Eaton, though, singled to right, bringing Rollins back up again. Lannan, though, avoided further problems by getting Rollins to hit a weak grounder to Zimmerman at third, and he stepped on the bag to close the inning.

After four, Phillies 3, Nationals 2. Lannan: 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 79 pitches. It would appear he has one more inning in him, and then we'll see how this resilient yet tired bullpen deals with things.

By Barry Svrluga  |  July 26, 2007; 2:14 PM ET
 
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Comments

Did I mention I'm optimistic?

Posted by: John in Mpls | July 26, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

WOW! Lannan is out!? Through out Hunter Wendelstat or whatever the heck his name is!

Posted by: Greg | July 26, 2007 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, to be more specific, Lannan hit Utley and Howard back to back and was thrown out. Now Manny has been thrown out and is going at it with the Crew Chief. GO MANNY GO!

Posted by: Greg | July 26, 2007 2:35 PM | Report abuse

SO unfair.

Posted by: #1 Lurker | July 26, 2007 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Get some Manny!

Posted by: lowcountrynatsfan | July 26, 2007 2:35 PM | Report abuse

This post might need an update.

Wow. This is gonna get ugly.

Posted by: Section 434 | July 26, 2007 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I was so hot that I posted in the wrong thread. What the [RF1] is wrong with that [RF2] ump??

Posted by: natsfan1a | July 26, 2007 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Is that Manny's first ejection?

Posted by: WFY | July 26, 2007 2:37 PM | Report abuse

its about time we get some people standing up and causing a ruckus. These umpires have been atrocious all series what with the lack of a strike zone in extras last night and lest we forget the kearns foul/fair ball. That a way manny!

Posted by: natsinthevalley | July 26, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Dave Jagelar said that Wendelstadt (sp.) had a cigar-box sized strike zone for Utley and Howard from the get-go.

Posted by: natsfan1a | July 26, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Whoa - what's going on?
damn day games - work - stuff. what's happening?

Posted by: ShawNatsFan | July 26, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I think it's his first ejection.

Posted by: natsfan1a | July 26, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm beginning to have almost as much antipathy for the Phillies as I do for the Orioles and Mets.

Posted by: lowcountrynatsfan | July 26, 2007 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Shaw,
Last AB, Howard knocked in Utley with a 2R bomb. This time around, Lannan hits one, then the other. He's tossed. Manny argues. Manny's tossed. Schroder in, Zim error, bases loaded, we have 3 available (but tired) pitchers to get us the rest of the way.

Yikes.

Posted by: Section 434 | July 26, 2007 2:44 PM | Report abuse

uh oh.

that's it. i'm getting back to work and will read about the post-mortem later...

Posted by: ShawNatsFan | July 26, 2007 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Can someone give a recap of what happened? You know, the dirt. MLB Gameday doesn't do it justice.

Posted by: C Lee | July 26, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I picked a hell of a time to go to Burger King for lunch.

I'll have to go back to the archive and watch what went down when I get home.

Posted by: John in Mpls | July 26, 2007 2:48 PM | Report abuse

See Barry's new post for more info.

Posted by: natsfan1a | July 26, 2007 2:50 PM | Report abuse

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