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John Lannan will look to continue the trend of Nationals starters pitching at least five innings. So far, they’ve managed to do that in each of the 25 games so far this season. The longest such streak occurred in 2009, and that stretched to 28 games.
Aaron Rowand – CF
Freddy Sanchez – 2B
Buster Posey – 1B
Pat Burrell – LF
Miguel Tejada – 3B
Cody Ross – RF
Mike Fontenot – SS
Eli Whiteside – C
Jonathan Sanchez – P
Danny Espinosa – 2B
Rick Ankiel – CF
Jayson Werth – RF
Adam LaRoche – 1B
Wilson Ramos – C
Michael Morse – LF
Ian Desmond – SS
Jerry Hairston – 3B
John Lannan – P
*In his only career outing against the Giants, Lannan went seven innings and allowed only one earned run. He struck out two and walked nobody in the no-decision.
*In eight at-bats against Jonathan Sanchez, Adam LaRoche has hit a double, a home run, and maintained an OPS of 1.556.
*Ian Desmond looks to continue his offensive success since returning from Paternity Leave. Yesterday he grinded out three hits off of the Giants’ ace Tim Lincecum, as well as stealing a base on the Cy Young Award-winner.
The Nats can secure their second straight series victory with a win tonight and increase their winning streak to three games. It is a rematch of last year’s Opening Day but the Nats are hoping for a different outcome. Roy Halladay hasn’t allowed a Nationals run since he gave up a RBI double to Ryan Zimmerman in the first inning of the opener. He has a scoreless streak of 22.0 innings against the Nats. Halladay’s numbers against the Nats are usually reserved for video games like MLB 2K11 (quality commercial): 3-0 with a 0.39 ERA (23 IP/ 1 ER) with 20 strikeouts and a .198 BAA. On the other hand, Lannan is seeking his first win in 12 starts against the Phillies. Don’t they say… the 13th time is a charm? Adam LaRoche is back in the lineup after having Tuesday off.
Shane Victorino – CF
Placido Polanco – 3B
Jimmy Rollins – SS
Ryan Howard – 1B
Ben Francisco – RF
Raul Ibanez – LF
Carlos Ruiz – C
Wilson Valdez – 2B
Roy Halladay – P
Ian Desmond – SS
Rick Ankiel – CF
Jayson Werth – RF
Adam LaRoche – 1B
Laynce Nix – LF
Danny Espinosa – 2B
Jerry Hairston Jr. – 3B
Ivan Rodriguez – C
John Lannan – P
It may be a while until we know the full effect the 2010 season had on John Lannan but the initial prognosis is positive. For Lannan, the 2010 season was an emotional rollercoaster ride. It was a learning experience, the type of season where at times it felt like it was the end of the world and only in retrospect could he appreciate the lessons learned.
He started the season as the Nats’ Opening Day starter but never really pitched like one. He struggled with his control, mechanics and could never get his fastball to sink–the key to his previous success–going 2-5 with a 5.76 ERA with 35 walks in 14 starts. The lowest of his lows occurred on June 20 when he had a 10.38 ERA, allowed 38 base runners and lasted only 13 innings in three starts from June 9-20. He was demoted to Double-A Harrisburg on June 21. The team felt he should be sent to Harrisburg–not Triple-A Syracuse–because Lannan had history with Harrisburg Pitching Coach Randy Tomlin.
He worked with Tomlin to adjust his mechanics and alter his arm angle so he wouldn’t show his pitches as early in the delivery. He noticed a difference in the first start. He started to locate his fastball and felt confident throwing his curveball and slider. He stopped trying to be a power pitcher and started to just be John Lannan, the same groundball pitcher that got him to the Majors. He was recalled on August 1, revamped, revitalized and ready to pitch. He started to grow his hair longer and wore his socks low.
“They sent him down to the Minor Leagues and he went down there, persevered and faced a lot of adversity,” Willie Harris said. “He came back and he is a different person.”
He was a different pitcher too. He record three wins in his first four tries. Those three wins came after a no-decision and marked the first time Lannan has won three consecutive starts in his career. He won just two games in the first 14 contests he played prior to the Minor League stint.
“The main thing for me was going out there and being confident in my stuff and throw each pitch with a purpose,” Lannan said. “I was more sure of my stuff since I came back.”
He went 6-3 with a 3.42 ERA (68.1 IP/ 26 ER), 47 strikeouts and just 14 walks in 11 starts. He never pitched less than 5.0 innings and lasted at least 6.0 innings in seven of the starts.
“It was an experience that I wouldn’t take back,” Lannan said. “One thing I did learn was to take the positives from each day no matter how bad the day is. Just work on what you thought was positive and move forward.”
There could be showers on the way–most likely rains showers and possibly champagne showers. The tarp has been off the infield for a while but it is still in the outfield. The Nats didn’t take outdoor batting practice either. The Nats have zero control of the rain showers and can only do so much for preventing the Phillies from celebrating the NL East title at Nationals Park. The Phillies magic number is 1, meaning it will take a magical event for the Phillies to not celebrate at Nats Park. Even if the Nats sweep the series, it won’t prevent the Phillies from clinching unless the Braves sweep the Marlins in Atlanta. It seems inevitable that the champagne will be off the ice one of these next three days.
It is hard to believe just 25 weeks ago, John Lannan and Roy Halladay toed the rubber to begin the 2010 season at Nationals Park. Ryan Zimmerman hit a RBI double in the first inning but that was all the offense they could muster in the 11-1 loss. Halladay hasn’t allowed a run against the Nationals since the first inning on Opening Day. It sounds more impressive than it actually is but it is a stretch that has lasted 13.0 innings. Lannan and Halladay take the mound again tonight.
A win for Halladay would give him a Major League-best 21 wins and could sway a few votes his way in a very tight NL Cy Young race. He is also pitching on five days rest which is only notable since he is 8-2 with a 1.59 ERA in 11 starts when he gets five days of rest. A win for Lannan will tie his career high of nine, but more importantly would continue his impressive surge since he was called up from Double-A Harrisburg. The shaggy-haired southpaw is 6-2 with a 3.16 ERA (62.2 IP/ 22ER) in 10 starts. Not that Lannan needs any additional motivation but it is his birthday, 26th birthday at that. There isn’t anything significant about turning 26 but it will be a memorable night with a win against the Phillies. He pitched on his birthday two years ago–a loss against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. If he gets the win today, he will become the second Nationals starter to pocket a win on his birthday this season. Can you name the first pitcher?
*Jim Lett’s legion of bullpen arms ranks third in MLB since the All-Star break with a 2.95 ERA. Only postseason contenders San Diego (2.75) and Atlanta (2.78) have fared better. Oh it gets better, Washington’s 2.07 bullpen ERA in September ranks second in MLB behind only San Francisco (1.29).
1. Shane Victorino – CF
2. Placido Polanco – 3B
3. Chase Utley – 2B
4. Ryan Howard – 1B
5. Jayson Werth – RF
6. Raul Ibanez – LF
7. Carlos Ruiz – C
8. Wilson Valdez – SS
9. Roy Halladay – SP (20-10, 2.53 ERA)
1. Danny Espinosa – 2B
2. Nyjer Morgan – CF
3. Ian Desmond – SS
4. Adam Dunn – 1B
5. Michael Morse – RF
6. Roger Bernadina – LF
7. Wilson Ramos – C
8. Alberto Gonzalez – 3B
9. John Lannan – SP (8-7, 4.58 ERA)
It’s then down to the clubhouse one last time. Whatever your musical tastes, if post-game music greets you as you enter the clubhouse, it means it was a good day. The assembled media crowds around John Lannan, Sean Burnett and Justin Maxwell’s lockers. As luck would have it, all three are in close proximity to one another in the corner closest to the exit, so the additional traffic makes it challenging to get around. Add to that the getaway day chaos of clubhouse staff trying to haul bags and boxes out to the busses, and well, you’d better keep your head on a swivel.
The best quote we heard, and we’re summarizing here, came from Justin when a reporter asked him about playing the role of spoiler, and if the Nats can build off this series going into another similar situation in Philadelphia. Without blinking, Maxwell replied that the Nationals don’t want to consider themselves as spoilers because they are trying to be in a position to fight for a playoff spot themselves next year. It was as if he and his teammates don’t want to get comfortable in the spoiler role–they want to constantly be improving and building so that they’re the ones chasing a division title. Pretty good stuff from the local Maryland product–it sounds like he and his teammates certainly have the right approach to the final three weeks of the season.
The media then thins out and the players finish packing up their lockers. They exchange well wishes and high fives with the Atlanta clubhouse staff – with three visits a year, it’s clear that they develop a strong appreciation for the hard work of these guys in making their life on the road so much easier.
And with that, it’s out to the buses and off to the airport, which is our cue to put a bow on our roadtrip blog. We hope you’ve enjoyed the temporary departure from the content you’ve grown accustomed to in this space. We’ve had a blast sharing some of the team’s fun stories, and bringing you closer to the people and personalities that bring the games to life. A special thanks to Manager Jim Riggleman, his staff and the players for letting us tag along, as well as the TV and radio teams who do such an incredible job in front of the camera and behind the mic.
Marlins-Nats, Round Two. Well, not really. The last time these two teams squared off, they literally squared off. There were six ejections, eight suspensions and one I-got-to-watch-that-one-more-time-fight. The dust has finally settled and there has been eight days to calm the tensions, so players on both team hope the malice in Miami is a thing of the past. It will be interesting to see how things do play out over the course of the weekend. The two teams won’t meet again this season.
The instigator of it all–Nyjer Morgan–is in the lineup, as of now. He had his appeal hearings for his two suspensions this morning, but it is possible that the verdict isn’t reached until after the weekend. It is interesting to note that Morgan is batting eighth. For whatever the reason, it might be strictly based on his production. He is batting .256 with a .316 OBP. He is 2-for-10 batting eighth this season.
1. Emilio Bonifacio – 3B
2. Logan Morrison – LF
3. Hanley Ramirez – SS
4. Dan Uggla – 2B
5. Wes Helms – 3B
6. Mike Stanton – RF
7. Cameron Maybin – RF
8. Brad Davis – C
9. Alex Sanabia – SP (3-2, 4.50 ERA)
1. Danny Espinosa – 2B
2. Ian Desmond – SS
3. Ryan Zimmerman – 3B
4. Adam Dunn – 1B
5. Roger Bernadina – LF
6. Michael Morse – RF
7. Ivan Rodriguez – C
8. Nyjer Morgan – CF
9. John Lannan – SP (7-6, 4.73 ERA)
John Lannan gets his turn on the mound tonight and Nats fans are hoping that he has regained his stride. He is throwing with confidence after he dealt with a little midseason adversity and Double-A demotion. His hair is longer and he wears his socks low but those are just minor changes.
“John really did a good job for us in his last start,” Manager Jim Riggleman said. “He got us into the sixth inning. He got us deep enough in the ballgame where we had good bullpen matchups. I felt the ball was sinking pretty good. His change-up and breaking balls were pretty good, so, knock on wood, it looks like he is back on track.”
The major changes include three wins in just four tries since being recalled from Double-A Harrisburg. Those three wins came after a no-decision and mark the first time Lannan has won three consecutive starts in his career. He failed to win even three games in the first 14 contests he played prior to the Minor League stint. His ERA at the time was 5.76, but his ERA in the four games since is 3.09. Lannan looks like the pitcher who gave the Nationals plenty of innings the previous two years.
“I feel that I’m close, and I’m going to keep on getting better with each start,” Lannan said. “The main thing for me is to go out there and be confident in my stuff and throw each pitch with a purpose. I’m more sure of my stuff since I came back.”
Willie Harris agrees. “They sent him down to the Minor Leagues. He went down there, persevered and faced a lot of adversity,” he said. “He came back. He is a different person.”
The Nationals could use Lannan’s positive momentum tonight after last night’s forgettable 9-1 defeat. And luckily, Lannan understands what it takes to come out of a rut.
“It was an experience that I wouldn’t take back. One thing I did learn was to take the positives from each day no matter how bad the day is. Just work on what you thought was positive and move forward.”
Hopefully he is able to instill that mindset in the rest of his teammates tonight.
1. Blake DeWitt – 2B
2. Starlin Castro – SS
3. Xavier Nady – 1B
4. Aramis Ramirez – 3B
5. Jeff Baker – RF
6. Geovany Soto – C
7. Alfonso Soriano – LF
8. Tyler Colvin – CF
9. Carlos Zambrano – SP (4-6, 4.97 ERA)
*Last night, starting pitcher Casey Coleman earned his first Major League win and collected his first Major League hit with an RBI single in the 5th inning.
1. Nyjer Morgan – CF
2. Adam Kennedy – 2B
3. Ryan Zimmerman – 3B
4. Adam Dunn – 1B
5. Roger Bernadina – LF
6. Ivan Rodriguez – C
7. Michael Morse – RF
8. Alberto Gonzalez – SS
9. John Lannan – SP (5-5, 5.13 ERA)
*Currently hitting .301, Ryan Zimmerman is attempting to become the first Major League third baseman based out of DC to hit .300-plus since “Buddy” Lewis hit .317 for the 1940 Washington Senators.
*The bullpen has fanned 8.20 batters per 9.0 innings this season, a tally that if maintained would be the best single-season mark posted by a Nationals bullpen since MLB returned to DC.
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HEY NOW, YOU’RE AN ALL-STAR!: The Harrisburg Senators, in conjunction with the Double-A Eastern League, yesterday announced the rosters for the 2010 Eastern League All-Star Game being played on Wednesday, July 14 at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg, PA. The Senators had six players selected: SS Danny Espinosa, 1B Chris Marrero, RHP Rafael Martin, INF Michael Martinez, LHP Tom Milone and C Jhonatan Solano. Additionally, Harrisburg Manager Randy Knorr and his staff will lead the Western Division squad.
Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs
International League North Division
45-35, 2nd Place, 0.5 Game Behind
THE JOSHUA TREE: RHP Josh Wilkie, who played collegiately at nearby George Washington University, has allowed just one earned run in 12.0 innings (0.75 ERA) in 10 June appearances. He’s fanned 13 and walked only two in that span. Wilkie owns a 1.67 ERA in 28 appearances overall. The 25-year-old has limited opponents to a team-best .194 (25-for-129) batting average against. Wilkie signed with the club as a non-drafted free agent on June 14, 2006.
ATA(HUALPA) BOY: In 10 appearances beginning May 31, LHP Atahualpa Severino has tossed 13.1 consecutive scoreless innings. Overall, Severino is 3-0 with a 2.68 ERA in 29 appearances. Severino, 25, signed as a non-drafted free agent on February 13, 2004.
TAKING IT TO THE MAX: OF Justin Maxwell is batting .300 (30-for-100) with four doubles, three homers, 10 RBI, five stolen bases and 12 walks in 29 games during June. Maxwell hit .121 with one homer and three RBI in 21 games at the Big League level this season with Washington before being optioned to Syracuse on April 28.
Double-A Harrisburg Senators
Eastern League Western Division
38-40, 3rd Place, 11.5 Games Behind
JOHNNY ON THE SPOT: LHP John Lannan allowed just four hits in 7.0 innings of one-run ball in his first start with the Senators. Lannan, Washington’s Opening Day starter this season, was optioned to Harrisburg on June 21 after going 2-5 with a 5.76 ERA in 14 starts with the Nationals. Lannan is scheduled to make his second Double-A start, tonight at Portland (Red Sox).
UH-OH, HERE COMES MARRERO: 1B Chris Marrero has hit safely in 34 of his last 42 games, batting at a .341 (56-for-164) clip with eight doubles, eight homers and 26 RBI. The right-handed hitting slugger has reached base safely via hit (56), walk (12) or HBP (1) 69 times (1.61 times per contest) during that stretch. He is 37-for-101 (.366) in 27 games during the month of June. In 78 games this season, Marrero is hitting .290 with 14 doubles, 11 home runs and 43 RBI. The 21-year-old was the Nationals’ top selection (15th overall) in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.
CLEAN COLE: RHP Cole Kimball is a combined 5-1 with a 1.61 ERA in 31 appearances with Harrisburg and Potomac of the Single-A Carolina League. He’s offered scoreless relief in 25 of his 31 games. Since being promoted to Harrisburg on May 27, Kimball is 2-1 with a 1.35 ERA (3 ER/20.0 IP) and a .143 BAA (10-for-70) in 12 appearances. The 24-year-old began the season with Potomac, where he went 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA (5 ER/24.2 IP) in 19 appearances. Kimball was Washington’s 12th-round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft out of Centenary College (NJ).
Single-A Potomac Nationals
Carolina League Northern Division
First Half – 31-39, 3rd Place, 10.0 Games Behind
Second Half – 2-3, 4th Place, 1.5 Games Behind
SHOWING HIS FEATHERS: RHP Brad Peacock‘s 101 strikeouts lead the Carolina League and rank fifth in Minor League baseball. With 101 strikeouts and just 20 walks in 81.0 innings pitched, Peacock has posted a 5.0/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 11.22 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. Peacock is scheduled to toe the rubber tonight at Winston-Salem (White Sox). The 22-year-old was drafted by Washington in the 41st round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.
EVEN STEPHEN: 2B Stephen Lombardozzi ranks second in the CL in runs scored (54), triples (7) and walks (40). He also ranks among the league leaders in hits (7th, 84), stolen bases (7th, 15) and OBP (7th, .385). The 2009 mid-season Single-A South Atlantic League All-Star finished second in the SAL in both runs scored (90) and hits (147) last season. Lombardozzi was a 19th-round pick in the 2008 Draft out of St. Petersburg JC (FL).
Single-A Hagerstown Suns
South Atlantic League Northern Division
First Half – 36-34, 3rd Place, 6.0 Games Behind
Second Half – 2-4, 5th Place, 3.0 Games Behind
STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES: In his last nine starts, LHP Dan Rosenbaum owns a 1.94 ERA (11 ER/51.0 IP). Despite his 2.14 ERA in 15 starts overall, Rosenbaum hasn’t earned a win since his season debut on April 8. Among South Atlantic League pitchers, he is sixth in ERA. Earlier this month, the southpaw was named a South Atlantic League mid-season All-Star. In addition to the All-Star selection, he was the MiLB.com SAL Pitcher of the Week for the period of May 10-16. Rosenbaum was selected in the 22nd round of the 2009 Draft out of Xavier University (OH).
JUSTIFIED: 1B Justin Bloxom continues to be one of the SAL’s best offensive players, as he ranks among the top five SAL batters in hits (2nd, 95), total bases (2nd, 146), batting average (3rd, .322), doubles (3rd, 25), runs scored (4th, 50) and RBI (5th, 51). Bloxom, a 2010 SAL mid-season All-Star selection, has posted an organization-best 26 multi-hit games. The 22-year-old Kansas State University product was Washington’s 11th-choice in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
CLEGGO MY EGGO: LHP Mitchell Clegg, who began the season pitching in relief, is 8-1 with a 2.55 ERA in 15 games (8 starts). Since moving to the starting rotation on May 12, he is 5-1 with a 1.37 ERA (7 ER/46.0 IP) in eight starts. The 23-year-old has allowed one earned run or less in seven of those eight (87%) starting assignments. In four June outings, he is 2-1 with a miniscule 0.38 ERA (1 ER/24.0 IP). Clegg, a 2009 New York-Penn League All-Star, was selected in the 21st round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
Short-Season Single-A Vermont Lake Monsters
New York-Penn League Stedler Division
9-3, 1st Place, 2.0 Games Ahead
SWYN MOVE: RHP Matt Swynenberg has allowed just one earned run in 10.0 innings (0.90 ERA) in his first two starts of the 2010 campaign. In his season debut, he fired 5.0 shutout innings on one-hit ball to earn the win against Lowell (Red Sox). Swynenberg was selected by the Nationals in the 28th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
BLAKE IS LIVELY: SS Blake Kelso, selected in the 10th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, is hitting .357 with two doubles and three RBI in eight contests. The University of Houston product has hit safely in five of the last six games.
JORDAN BRAND: RHP Taylor Jordan, 21, is 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA in three starts this season. He’s fanned 14 and walked three (4.6/1 SO/BB ratio). The Merritt Island, FL native was drafted by Washington in the 9th round of the ’09 Draft.
BOBBY’S WORLD: In 10.1 innings (3 games, 2 starts), LHP Bobby Hansen has 17 strikeouts against 0 walks. His strikeout total is second-best in the league, and he’s averaging 15.1 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. Hansen was selected by the Nationals out of Lewis-Palmer High School (CO) in the 18th round of the 2008 Draft.
Gulf Coast League Nationals
Gulf Coast League East Division
2-6, 5th Place, 3.5 Games Behind
MANNO MAN: In three appearances to start the season, LHP Christopher Manno has allowed just one unearned run on two hits while striking out 10 batters in 4.2 innings. Manno, 21, paces all GCL hurlers with an average of 19.29 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. The Duke University product was a 26th-round pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.
CRAZY EIGHT: SS Adrian Sanchez has opened the 2010 GCL season with an eight-game hitting streak. His 14 hits pace the GCL, while his .424 batting average ranks fourth. Sanchez has collected three doubles, one home run, three RBI and eight runs. Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, the switch-hitting shortstop was signed by the Nationals as a non-drafted free agent prior to the 2007 season.
OLIVER’S TWIST: 1B Tyler Oliver has hit safely in 5 of 7 GCL games, with 3 multi-hit efforts in those contests. Overall, he is 8-for-22 (.364) with two doubles, five RBI, and three runs scored to begin his pro career. Selected in the 35th round in 2010 out of Wabash Valley Community College (IL), Oliver led all Warriors in hitting in 2010 with a .456 average (88-for-193), 19 doubles, 30 home runs and 103 RBI.
The Washington Nationals today selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Joel Peralta from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned left-handed pitcher John Lannan to Double-A Harrisburg. Additionally, right-handed pitcher Garrett Mock was transferred to the 60-Day Disabled List and left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler was returned from rehab, reinstated from the 60-Day Disabled List and optioned to Harrisburg.
Peralta went 2-0 with 20 saves (no blown saves) and a 1.08 ERA in 28 appearances with the Chiefs. The 34-year-old posted a 5.4/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (38 K/7 BB) and 10.3 strikeouts per 9.0 innings in 33.1 innings pitched. Peralta’s 20 saves rank second in the International League, and his 1.08 ERA is third-lowest among pitchers who have logged at least 30.0 innings.
Peralta is 4-11 with two saves, 31 holds and a 4.61 ERA in 221 appearances during five big-league seasons with Los Angeles-AL, Kansas City and Colorado.
Lannan, 25, went 2-5 with a 5.76 ERA in 14 starts with Washington.
Mock, 27, has missed the last 65 games after going on the 15-Day DL (right cervical disk) on April 15, retroactive to April 11. He made his lone start on April 9 at New York-NL.
Detwiler, 24, began the season on the 60-Day DL (right hip) and posted a 0.84 ERA (1 ER/10.2 IP) in three rehab starts with Potomac of the Single-A Carolina League and Harrisburg.
Following the Expos move to the Nation’s Capital in 2005, the Battle of the Beltway became an annual six-game series in 2006. Tonight will be the decisive game 25–comparable to game seven of the World Series–all tied up at 12 apiece. The Nats are 21-21 on the season and are 12-12 against the O’s.
The Battle of the Beltway has provided a handful of suspenseful and magical games in the past four seasons. There have been nine one-run games, two walk-off wins and four extra-inning games.
5. 6/13/07: Nats 9 – O’s 6–Former O’s outfielder Jay Payton drove in the tying RBI in the bottom of the ninth but the Nats loaded the bases with two-outs in the top of the 11th. Felipe Lopez was the hero when he tripled to right. The O’s were retired in order to end the game.
4. 5/20/07: Nats 4 – O’s 3–Former O’s pitcher Erik Bedard kept the Nats bats at bay for seven innings allowing just one run and striking out 12. But when Baltimore turned the game over to the bullpen in the bottom of the 8th, the Nats bats heated up and scored three runs in the bottom of the frame to win 4-3.
3. 5/18/08: Nats 2 – O’s 1–It was a pitching battle between John Lannan and Jeremy Guthrie. Lannan picked up the win going 7.1 innings allowing one run on four hits. Not to be outdone, Guthrie went 7.0 innings allowing one run on five hits. The difference was Ryan Zimmerman’s RBI double in the top of the 8th.
2. 6/24/06: Nats 2 – O’s 3–The game was tied 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth at Camden Yards and former Nats Closer Chad Cordero was one strike away from sending the game into extra-innings. The Birds had different plans. With runners on first and second, Catcher Ramon Hernandez hit the 3-2 pitch to left and the O’s celebrated at home plate.
1. 6/29/08: Nats 3 – O’s 2–There wasn’t much offense in the first 11 innings. The O’s and Nats entered the 12th tied 1-1. Adam Jones drove in Nick Markakis to give the O’s a 2-1 lead but the fireworks belonged to the Nats. In the bottom of the 12th, O’s closer George Sherrill walked Dmitri Young and Ronnie Belliard hit a 1-2 pitch with two outs into the left field seats for the comeback victory.