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Lights out!

Unfortunately, this doesn't mean that John Lannan has been lights out here at Nationals Park. In fact, quite the opposite.

Just after Ryan Zimmerman dropped down a bunt single to open the bottom of the fourth, a couple of banks of lights went out above Nationals Park. We've been sitting here for probably 10 minutes in partial light. The Pirates came off the field. Kind of a weird murmur going around the yard now. And we have no information on how long the delay might be.

Lannan got knocked around: 3 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 0 K. Pirates scored six in the third, including a three-run homer for Jose Bautista. ERA bounces from 2.64 to 3.74.

Nats trail 7-1 with one on and no one out in the bottom of the fourth. Will keep you updated.

By Barry Svrluga  |  May 2, 2008; 9:03 PM ET
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Sorry, I was asleep during the blackout. I'm up now.

Posted by: Elwood the Rally Possum | May 2, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse


Nothing like sending the new guy out on the wrong foot; do you recall just how much we hate Eli? The Philly never told use how that happened but we have not forgotten how low the Post can go.

Posted by: Not a good sign | May 2, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Nice job Ellwood - welcome to the party. Oh yeah, the Nieves kid is pretty good as well.

Posted by: lowcountry | May 2, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Great RBI double form Nieves. He has a better average, more hits, extra base hits, and more RBIs than Lo Duca and Estrada IN LESS AT-BATS! Why will Lo Duca replace him?? Gotta love our catching situation next year if Nieves stays put...

Posted by: CN | May 2, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Bautista better have dirt on his unifrom after his next at bat.

Posted by: lowcountry | May 2, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Here we go again... #'s 3 and 4 hitters 2 outs on 2 pitches.

Posted by: MKevin | May 2, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Barry, can you give us the password for the press box wireless? The EDGE network is pretty crappy when this joint is full... Somebody tell AT&T that they built a ballpark out here...

Also, what was the deal with the lights? It would be interesting to get some color on the umps' decision to call play... The light looked plenty sufficient.

Posted by: ALC | May 2, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

I hadnt seen a comment posted about this yet...but the revised scoreboard layout is fantastic. Both batting lineups are displayed and the players have up to date season stats.


As someone who spends way too much time reading baseball articles, I want to thank you for your coverage. There are only a few beat writers nationally that offer your set of knowledge and skills. You have enhanced my baseball experience.


Shawn Krebs

Posted by: Los Doce Ocho | May 2, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Steven/Cap Hill-

I just checked out your spark notes for the new beat writer. How much of what you post do you genuinely believe? I can't tell. I'd offer a different opinion with related facts/stats, but if you are just kidding around then I won't bother.

Posted by: Los Doce Ocho | May 2, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

LDO shouldn't you be watching the Halos and your crappy stud pitcher Jered Weaver? Does he smoke up before starts like his brother did? Looks like it.

Posted by: LACBCAE | May 2, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

In case anyone wants to see pictures of the "lights out intermission" from tonight.

Posted by: jweb | May 3, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Carrying forward:

We hereby second the proposal by Nats24, Mr. Harlan. As you may be aware, denizens of Capitol Hill are prone to lengthy speeches, and even the occasional filibuster. We are confident that you'll do just fine without his unsolicited advice.

Posted by: seNATors | May 3, 2008 7:05 AM | Report abuse

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