John Lannan only gave up one earned run. So why was he pulled after three innings? Three Nationals’ errors lead to seven unearned runs in a Phillies 11-3 win. Ryan Howard had a home run and four RBIs while Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino created havoc at the top of the order scoring five runs. Roy Oswalt pitched seven solid innings, giving up three runs, strucking out five, and picked up his first win since June 12th. Michael Stutes cleaned up the rest of the game, going two innings, allowing just one hit. Lannan, pulled after three innings, was visibly upset throwing his glove in the dugout. He fell to 1-11 lifetime against the Phillies. Roy Halladay takes on Chien-Ming Wang tomorrow in the rubber match. The Phillies will unveil a Harry Kalas statue before the game as a part of Alumni Weekend.
Jimmy Rollins reached first on a Danny Espinosa’ fielding error to lead off the first inning. A few batters later, Ryan Howard hit an opposite field home run to make it 2-0. Unearned run 1 and 2. The Nationals counter punched with a two spot in the next half inning. Laynce Nix, who came into the game 10 for 20 off of Oswalt, doubled home Michael Morse. Two batters later, Ian Desmond’s RBI single tied the game. The Phillies would put the first two runners on in the third inning when Victorino reached on a Desmond error and Utley singled to center. The next batter, Howard would add to his RBI total with a single to right. Unearned run 3. After a Hunter Pence walk loaded the bases with none out, Raul Ibanez grounded out to score another run. Unearned run 4. The Nationals would then intentionally walk Carlos Ruiz to reload the bases for Wilson Valdez with one out. Valdez would hit a chopper which Lannan picked up and he was falling down somehow managed to flip to Wilson Ramos, the catcher, to force out Ryan Howard. One would think the inning was over with Roy Oswalt up, but Lannan walked him to score Pence. Unearned run 5. The next batter, Jimmy Rollins would then a grounder that seemed destined for left field. However, Desmond got the ball, tried to force out Oswalt at second, but Oswalt beat the throw to allow Carlos Ruiz to scamper home. Unearned run 6. Espinosa fell over because of a wide throw and Wilson Valdez, using his brain, ran home to score the Phillies first earned run of the night. The Nats tacked on a run in the 6th, while the Phillies countered with an unearned run 7 in the bottom of the inning. With the Phillies already up 8-3, they put the explanation point with a three spot in the eight inning. A Raul Ibanez sac fly was sandwiched between Carlos Ruiz and Hunter Pence RBI singles.
-John Lannan gave up seven runs and his ERA went down one tenth of a point. Gotta love fun baseball stats.
-Lannan made one of the plays of the year with his force out on Howard
– Of course Lannan followed that up with a bases loaded walk of Oswalt
– Good to see Oswalt finally have a solid outing, just adding another piece to already stacked team
– Oswalt > Worley in case you were having ideas come playoff time
– Tom Emanski would have cringed if he were watching this game