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Hamels Leaves With Injury

Here in the top of the fifth, with the Phillies leading 5-0, Philadelphia starter Cole Hamels just exited the game after injuring himself while fielding a bunt. With a runner on first and one out, Washington starter John Lannan (4 IP so far, 5 R, 2 ER) dropped a bunt right in front of the mound. As Hamels moved for the ball, he crumbled to the ground, and his left ankle bent almost in half. The play was ruled a single.

Quickly, Manager Charlie Manuel jogged to the mound to check on his ace, who was writhing in pain. For a moment, everybody stepped back from the mound, and it looked like Hamels would get a chance to throw some test pitches, perhaps staying in the game. Instead, he flipped the ball to Manuel and walked toward the home dugout, done for the night.

Thus, the Phils summoned Chad Durbin from the pen. He's on now in the top of the fifth.

Lannan, by the way, has given up two home runs -- but one came in a sequence that followed an Alberto Gonzalez error at shortstop. That's why three of Lannan's five runs are unearned.

By Chico Harlan  |  April 28, 2009; 8:23 PM ET
 
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Comments

The closer *has* to find some way to throw strikes. The GM *has* to find a way to get a closer. There has *got* to be one human being on the planet who could do better than Hanrahan, and isn't signed yet.

Posted by: CEvansJr | April 28, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Some day, and I don't know when that day will come, but some day in my lifetime, I believe that John Lannan will get some run support.

Posted by: usmc53 | April 28, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

What is the deal? They see Lannan on the board to start and leave their hitting shoes at home? Ugh.

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | April 28, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

7th, 8th, and 9th still to go, and we need 5 runs.
Yogi was right; it gets late real early.

Posted by: usmc53 | April 28, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Well, Lannan is out of the game. Maybe the guys will start hitting.

Posted by: usmc53 | April 28, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

I wish we could transfer the 5 home runs from last night to tonight. They didn't help us then anyways.

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | April 28, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

One of these days...

Posted by: BGinVA | April 28, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Hey the Caps won!! And The Nats helped by absorbing some negative karma on behalf of DC to help the Caps come back.

Posted by: CountDemoney | April 28, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Ho, hum. Let's see ... the Nats are hitting fairly well ... surprisingly their fielding has not been up to snuff nor has their pitching. The young pitching the farm's were supposed to yield. Instead of going after a veteran or two to stabilize the starters and the bullpen (there's still a nice vet out there Mr. Rizzo), the went with youth.

Now they are 4-15 about to end the month 4-16 ENTIRELY AGAINST THEIR OWN DIVISION!!

The owners went for Texiera, they landed Dunn, they have a new high rent stadium that they need filled during an economic crisis. The owners didn't sign last year's first, they are going to be asked to sign this year's in Strasberg. They are going to look at teams like the Marlins and the Rays who build with youth and do complete turnarounds in 1 year! They will wonder what is wrong with us?

I think that very soon there will be changes in management perhaps all the way up the chain. I can't see it not happening. Right now management seem to look like the real problem as opposed to the young talent they are trying to create a winner with. But I could be wrong?

Posted by: periculum | April 28, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Well, it's over and we lose 7-1..now we're 4-15 for the year so far and well on the way to another 100 lost season. It looking more that not only did Jim Bowden grossly underestimated the pitching needs for the bullpen but also for starting pitching also. I don't think you can really tank the season until it's Steven Strasberg time (if he works out, the numbers are almost too good to be true)They have to do something, they can't just keep doing what they're doing....I just wonder where's the ownership on this...where's Ted Lerner?

Posted by: bromisky | April 28, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I'm not happy, but at least the game was not lost by the bullpen. USMC and Nervous, I also just don't understand why Lannan never gets run support. Statheads, are there any numbers on record number of least runs scored by a pitcher's team when he is pitching?

Posted by: Traveler8 | April 28, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Thank the lord for small favors, its Rob Dibble who said it best at least three times tonight. The reason why this team looks like a 100+ game loser is becuase they are comfortable with that. Wow, Rob you bring a breath of fresh air to the DC Sports airwaves. Are you listening Manny?

On the young pitching Dibble says they need to pound the strike zone and pitch inside, stop the nibbling becuase everytime your down 2-1 or 3-2 you have to come to the plate and in the bigs your a dead duck doing that.

Posted by: TippyCanoe | April 28, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

"Statheads, are there any numbers on record number of least runs scored by a pitcher's team when he is pitching?"

Don't know the answer to this offhand, but Roger Clemens' Astros from a few a year ago have to be in the running -- it seemed like he lost every game 1-0, 2-1, etc (well, except of course for the game I went to at RFK where the Astros clubbed the snot out of us).

Posted by: joebleux | April 28, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh that was a good one. I think it was 11 to 1. On my birthday no less. The only Nat to score? Remember? Carlos Baerga. How long exactly must we wander in the wilderness?

Posted by: softballgirl | April 28, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

I was so disgusted that I left that game early; just couldn't watch any more. That's how you know you're really in the tank for the home team -- Clemens pitching a masterpiece -- who cares -- my team's getting killed!

Posted by: joebleux | April 28, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

You can find the runs scored stat on espn.com under Stats/Player Pitching/Expanded II (love google).

Lannan's 45th out of 52 pitchers in the NL with at least 20 innings (3.62 runs per 9; not sure if that includes tonight).

Posted by: joebleux | April 28, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

@Tippy

It's easy to feel comfortable when you're given jobs rather than earning them, as surly_w said earlier this evening. It's also easier to feel comfortable when you know that there's no one remotely ready in the minor leagues to come up and push some of these guys. Besides Maxwell, who in Syracuse is a threat to most of these guys? Memo to the front office....you have more than $20 million coming off the payroll this winter. How about investing in some honest to goodness major league players next season?

Posted by: leetee1955 | April 28, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

....especially pitchers, both starters and relievers.

Posted by: leetee1955 | April 28, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

They still have one more aginast the Phills and then they play St Louis 4 days straight. Man they could be 4-21 by the end of the weekend. Anybody willing to bet that if that does happen Manny will spending the next few months looking for work?

Posted by: TippyCanoe | April 28, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

4-15 suck on it and like it

Posted by: Brue | April 28, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Is it true that in an acknowledgement of how bad they are the Gnats are going to lower their admission prices to the average price to see an AA team?

Posted by: MartinZook | April 28, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I crunched some numbers regarding Lannan's alleged run support:

Lannan has started five games this year.

In three of those starts (totalling 15 IP), the Nats did not score a single run while he was in the game.

In the other two starts (totalling 12-1/3 IP), they scored four runs.

In other words, when Lannan is pitching, the other pitchers have an ERA against the Nats of 1.32.

Maybe Lannan should work the phrase, "choking dogs" into his answer next time someone asks him about his lack of run support.

Posted by: gilbertbp | April 29, 2009 8:21 AM | Report abuse

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