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Lannan, Nix Beat Phillies to End Washington Series

There is, as it turns out, rest for the weary. John Lannan beat the Phillies for the first time in 14 starts, as he and four relievers combined to hold the Phillies to a single unearned run, an effort good enough to win, thanks to some help on both sides of the ball by left fielder Laynce Nix.

Roy Oswalt allowed a run in the bottom of the first on a broken-bat blooper by Nationals leadoff man Roger Bernadina and an RBI single that Jayson Werth hit off his shoelaces and dribbled through the hole. Those two weak hits were part of a streak of 14 straight strikes by Oswalt to start the game. The Phillies got that run back in their next turn at bat, when, with Ryan Howard and Ben Francisco on, Carlos Ruiz hit what looked like a certain inning-ending double play ball to Nats third baseman Joey Cora, who booted the ball into left and allowed Howard to score. The irony, of course, is that the Nationals’ regular starter, the injured Ryan Zimmerman, is widely regarded as the best defensive third baseman currently working. The Phillies nearly added another run the next inning, but John Mayberry was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second with two outs on what amounted to a very deep infield single. They’d wind up needing that run later.

Oswalt’s luck didn’t change after the first inning: he allowed at least two baserunners in the next two innings, including a home run to Laynce Nix in the third. Nix came back to haunt the Phillies once more when, with two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the sixth, he made a spectacular catch on Domonic Brown‘s line drive, laying out for a would-be gapper on the dead run to end the inning. The leverage index on that play was 4.85, which made Nix’s catch not only remarkable in its form but in its impact on the game’s outcome.

Oswalt wound up only lasting five innings and 79 pitches, and while he did allow nine baserunners, his removal probably had more to do with Charlie Manuel’s desire to capitalize on a bases-loaded, two out situation than anything else.

From then on, the two bullpens took over–Lannan himself was pulled after 5 1/3 innings, 85 pitches, and the single unearned run–and brought the game to a swift and uneventful conclusion. Todd Coffey, Todd Coffey‘s man-boobs, and Doug Slaten closed out the aforementioned sixth inning for the Nats, Michael Stutes and Tyler Clippard pitched two scoreless innings each, Antonio Bastardo threw a scoreless eighth, and Drew Storen closed it out for the Nationals.

Some extraneous notes:

  • When Lannan hit John Mayberry with a pitch in the third inning, it was the 10th time he’d hit a Phillie in his career, out of 23 total HBP. Lannan was the pitcher who broke Chase Utley‘s wrist in the second half of 2007.
  • Mike Stutes put in two perfect innings, the longest outing of his career. Stutes had appeared in 14 consecutive games for an inning or less, tied for the 21st-longest such streak to start a career, according to Baseball Reference.

In the Phils’ next game, Cole Hamels faces Jeff Karstens in Pittsburgh on Friday. As it turns out, something like half of the Phillies Nation writing staff will be making the trip across the state to catch the weekend series. If you’re making the trip, safe travels, and we hope to see you there.

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  1. Bob in Bucks

    June 1, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Brown did a good job, just have to tip your hat to Nix. Nice to see Brown do well in a clutch position. He is coming along although I do expect ups and downs as the league adjusts to him. Next game Gload to the DL, if he wasn’t hurt I would keep him over Mayberry but having to use 2 players every time he PH is too high a price. (Need to keep to infielders with Utley needing regular rest and Rollins/Polanco injury risks.) Alternative is to go with 11 pitchers and send Zagurski down, he just does not seem to be able to perform at this level.

  2. Andrew From Waldorf

    June 1, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    The Senators have now won 6 series this year.

    That is was against Halladay lee and Oswalt kind of sucks

    You cant win them all.

  3. Susan McCullough

    June 1, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Um, that would be Alex Cora, not Joey Cora.

  4. Pat Gallen

    June 1, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Just brutal, brutal baseball. I havent seen a line drive since 2009.

  5. Alice

    June 1, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Thankfully it was a day game, so I didn’t see them lose!

  6. digler

    June 1, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Why doesn’t howard learn to hit to left field or@ least slap or bunt to 3rd base it drives me nuts they have 1 fielder on left side he always swings for fence doesn’t he realize that if he is on base he can score

  7. Jeff

    June 1, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Sorry to say this guys but this team is not good enough to win it all. We are very lucky that the Braves and Marlins are so inconsistant. This offense is so up and down. Raul is so streaky. Rollins you never know what your getting. Tired of watching him hit slow ground balls to short and trotting to first. Ruiz can hit 8 games in a row then not hit at all. Polly has been the only one. Chase is shot. One year wonder. Howard is just overrated. Brown will hopefully be ok for here out. When this team is hitting they can beat anyone the problem is they dont always hit. Getting crushed by the nats yesterday and only 5 hits today is disgusting. With Lee and Oswalt on the mound. Terrible. Those guys on the Nats are hungry.

  8. Andrew From Waldorf

    June 1, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    It will come down to match ups in the playoffs

    Lets say it is Arizona then the Marlins then the indians

    The phils win it all. Teams like the Giants and Braves will just shut the line up down.

  9. Pat Gallen

    June 1, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Haha, Utley one year wonder? He had like 5 great seasons in a row. Hardly that. I mean the others you hit on like Rollins and Raul are on, but Utley? He’s been the best second baseman in baseball for a long time. Give him another 2-3 weeks to find himself. This is still his spring training.

    • buffy08210

      June 1, 2011 at 11:45 pm

      I can only think Jeff”s “one year wonder” comment on Utley means he is only going to be playable for one of his remaining contract years, otherwise the comment makes no sense whatsoever. Chase might peak in the fall having been used sparingly thoughout the summer. Cut him some slack for another 3-4 weeks and give Lee 2 or 3 more starts to get his release point back, or otherwise figure himself out.
      Seems like RAJ needs to be looking for a rt handed bat to keep this team a bona fide favorite. I wonder what suprises we will see before the deadline to avoid waivers on 7/31.

  10. bacardipr05

    June 2, 2011 at 1:40 am

    Jeff Chase wasnt a one year wonder. Some of your other thoughts i can see your reasoning but Chase was the best for like 5 years. Injuries taking its toll on him some not his own doing. Like todays pitcher breaking his wrist. We do have our weakness though it is known. RAJ knows it as well he said last year he hopes last year was an abnormality. Are we head an shoulders over the rest I say no but its still feasible with this team we can go all the way. One of the Phils problems is not shuffling new talent in recent years. This year Bastardo seems to be coming into his own an possibly Stutes will be emerging as well as Dom Brown. The Phils wont go over the Luxury threshold so this is it unless a trade of some sort is made. You are right though we are to up an down this has been for a few years. Although in the past a few long balls here an there would clear that up. Cholly has to realize that an make the necessa.ry adjustments. Despite the fact if you are or arnet a Chase fan we are hoping he gets his swing back. Last year Chooch was the uncalled hero however Chooch wasnt meant to carry this team. Chase, Howard, Rollins an Utley are the ones that are suppose to fulfill that role. With Ibanez an Victorino be the supporting cast sorta speak.

  11. Pat Gallen

    June 2, 2011 at 7:41 am

    They are definitely going to need Victorino to become some sort of spark – and I hate saying that. He’s impatient at the plate, but maybe his presence will help a bit.

  12. Jeff

    June 2, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I love Utley guys but he is not the same player. Mental mistakes. Like tossing to second with nobody there. Like running into Rollins on a pop up. I realize he has not played alot but those are basic plays. This offense was bad last season and we went out and got a pitcher. Need a bat.

  13. Don M

    June 2, 2011 at 9:39 am

    How many games have we played with our full, intended lineup this year??

    And we’re still the best team in the National League .. . . so to say on June 2nd that “this team is not good enough to win it all” just sounds like complaining… In a 7-game series against any team in baseball, I like our chances

  14. Chuck

    June 2, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Just so Andrew from W knows, the actual Senators are either the Rangers or Twins franchises…..teams that started in DC as the Senators and relocated to other areas. The Nationals are the relocated Expos franchise.

    I’m sure Andrew knows that, but it just grinds my gears for some reason.


    As for yesterday, why are we giving the Jeltz to Juan Samuel?? Yes, he took a chance by sending Mayberry, but it WAS close at the plate. He gets his leg down and he’s probably safe. It’s good to be aggressive. Would have been nice to have had that run, for sure, but give props to Laynce Nix for ONE HELL OF A PLAY! He doesn’t make that catch and it’s a 4-2 game with the back end of our bullpen taking over.

    • Lefty

      June 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm

      Exactly the way I feel, one great catch, otherwise we win. That’s baseball.

  15. Jeff

    June 2, 2011 at 11:39 am

    don i hear you but if we get the giants they will shut us down with that pitching. who are we beating. the mets…samuel did a great job sending mayberry. the throw was good and the catcher made a great play. things had to go right. it did. even the catchers shin pad lifting his leg up. good aggresive baseball when we only had 5 hits.

  16. Don M

    June 2, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    First of all… the giants aren’t making the postseason.

    Secondly, WE have the best pitching staff in baseball, and I think people are starting to take that for granted..

  17. bacardipr05

    June 2, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Yea im afraid if we face the Giants we will have problems again Jeff. No one wantsto say it but i tend to agree with you there.

  18. Chuck

    June 2, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    The Giants are a one year wonder. They have some good pitching but it doesn’t stack up to ours. Brian Wilson is a good closer but, right now, Ryan Madson is better. And the injury to Buster Posey is a BIG blow. I agree that they will be hard-pressed to even make the playoffs.

  19. Lefty

    June 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    The sky is not falling.
    Here are our records after 56 games this year – and the previous four, including 07,08,09 when we were so prolific offensively. Also a few select teams from further back.

    Personally I’ll choose this years team as the one with the best chance of winning it all.

    2011: 34-22, 2 games up

    2010: 30-26, 2 games BACK

    2009: 33-23, 2 games up

    2008: 32-24, .5 games UP

    2007: 28-28, 7 games BACK

    1980 World Champs 32-24, 1 game BACK

    1983 NL Champs 27-29, 3.5 games BACK

    Only the 1993 WS team had a better record at this point in the season. They did not win it all- I cringe every time I see Mitch Williams on TV.

    • Chuck

      June 2, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      Wild Thing is one of the better analysts on TV. I like him. But I ALWAYS think of that %$&@*+! home run when I see him.

  20. Don M

    June 2, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    I like Williams, Kruk, LA, way more than I like Dykstra and Schilling, eventhough they were by far the best players . . . they are scumbags. I can’t stand Schilling’s voice on ESPN

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