Lannan brilliant in first career start at Yankee Stadium
John Lannan completed the New York circuit by beating the Mets and Yankees. The New York native tossed his first career complete game against the Mets on June 6 and less then two weeks later, he kept the Bronx Bombers at bay. The Nationals capitalized on John Lannan’s 8.1 innings of 4-hit ball and beat the Yankees 3-2 Wednesday night. Things got tight when Lannan, who dropped his ERA to 3.38 on the season, gave up a ninth inning homer to Johnny Damon, the 73rd home run hit to right field this season at Yankee Stadium. The solo shot brought the Yankees within one run. Mike MacDougal relieved Lannan and with runners on the corners, got Robinson Cano to ground into a game-ending double play. Lannan improved to 4-5 and MacDougal picked up his first save since July 16, 2006 against the Tigers.
The Nationals’ bats contributed as well. Adam Dunn blasted a solo shot in the fourth and Nick Johnson drove in two runs with a triple in the fifth. Dunn’s homer gave him 296 for his career. According to Elias, Jason Marquis is the only other New York State-born pitcher to beat the Mets and the Yankees in the same season. The Long Island product did it with the Cardinals in 2005.
In other Nationals news:
– The Nationals make room by trading Michael O’Connor to Padres.
– With pitching being their main focus, the Nationals are developing young pitchers that will make an impact soon.
– With his family in attendance, John Lannan was impressive in his return to New York.