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The winning caption is… “Austin Kearns models next week’s giveaway, the Alberto Gonzalez backpack.”
Walk It Out: The 11-game homestand ended in dramatic fashion when Austin Kearns laced an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning to lift the Nationals to a 3-2 victory.
“Austin is just such a pro, and he gave us a professional at-bat,” Manager Jim Riggleman said. “He got a good pitch to hit and drove it. We use Austin as an example a lot of times about being a pro. He’s in a tough situation, not getting to play as much as he normally has in his career, but he does his work every day, gets ready for those situations defensively, offensively, anything he can do to help the ballclub.”
It was the Nationals fourth straight extra-inning victory (includes May 5 contest vs. HOU that was completed July 9 at HOU) and their second straight series victory. The Nationals won their first series against the Padres since baseball returned to DC in 2005 and first since the Expos swept a three-game set in Montreal, May 6-8, 2003.
The Canon of Lannan:
· Lannan was lights out yesterday vs. the Padres, pitching 8.0 innings giving up only five hits, one run and one walk. He left as the pitcher of record but got the no-decision.
· Lannan has posted a quality start in nine of his last 10 outings. He has recorded a quality start in 37 of 58 (64%) career assignments, including a team leading 14 this season.
· He has allowed three earned runs or less in 17 of his last 19 starting assignments in 2009 and owns a 1.91 ERA (18 ER/85.0 IP) in 12 starts at Nationals Park this season.
· In six of his last 19 starts he has logged 6.0 or more innings and has given up two earned runs or less but walked away with the no-decision (5) or loss (1).
· Lannan collected a single in back-to-back plate appearances, posting his first career multi-hit effort. He raised his batting average 49 points in the process to .167 (6-for-36).
· Lannan recorded his first career pickoff when he caught Everth Cabrera napping at first base in the eighth inning. Washington pitchers have 11 pickoffs this season, one shy of establishing a Washington Nationals (2005-present) record.