May 5, 2011 |
On paper this seemed like a serious mismatch. In this instance, the paper didn't lie. The Phillies vs. the Washington Nationals? Sure, that one looks lopsided, but not as much as the Phillies against John Lannan. Or Roy Halladay against the Nationals. Thursday's 7-3 win over Washington at Citizens Bank Park improved Halladay's record to 5-1 this season, and he is now 10-1 lifetime against the Nationals. Meanwhile Lannan, who was sent to an early shower, allowed six runs, all earned, in two-plus innings to take the loss.
September 16, 2011 |
BOOSTED BY the play of some blossoming youngsters, the Washington Nationals walked out of Citi Field with a series sweep and a new spot in the standings. No wonder they're feeling pretty good about the future. Ian Desmond had a career-high five hits and Tommy Milone earned his first major league win, leading Washington over the slumping New York Mets, 10-1, yesterday for a rare four-game sweep. "I think you're seeing signs that we're starting to learn how to win," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said.
June 2, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Tuesday, it was Danny Espinosa. Yesterday, it was Laynce Nix. And both days, it was a Phillies offense that was unable to overcome the damage that the two unheralded Nationals players inflicted. Nix hit a go-ahead solo home run with two outs in the third inning, then protected that lead with a remarkable, belly-flopping catch in the sixth to rob the Phillies of the game-tying and go-ahead runs in what instead ended as a 2-1 loss that dropped the Phillies to 34-22.
May 6, 2011 |
On paper, this seemed like a serious mismatch. In this instance, the paper didn't lie. The Phillies vs. the Washington Nationals? Sure, that one looks lopsided, but not as much as the Phillies against John Lannan. Or Roy Halladay against the Nationals. With Thursday night's 7-3 win over Washington at Citizens Bank Park, Halladay improved to 5-1 this season, and he is now 10-1 lifetime against the Nationals. Lannan, who was sent to an early shower, allowed six runs, all earned, in two-plus innings to take the loss.
April 21, 2013 |
Joe Savery understands the deal. He was called up by the Phillies from triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday and the lefthanded reliever realizes that it could be a short stay. The Phillies needed to fill a spot after placing John Lannan on the disabled list Thursday with a strained quadriceps tendon in his left knee. The injury is expected to keep the No. 5 starter out from six to eight weeks. Lannan's place in the rotation will come up Monday against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Phillies will be calling up a starter for that game and possibly beyond.
August 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - John Lannan was here before Nationals Park. He was 22 when Washington requested his presence at decrepit RFK Stadium. He later started two opening days, pitched 66 times in this new ballpark, and was discarded when a perennial loser became a contender. There is no way to erase that sting, not even when Lannan is attempting to prolong his career in a major-league rotation with the Phillies. His time in Philadelphia could be limited. Another dreadful start pushed Lannan's ERA to 4.81.
August 16, 2013 |
ATLANTA - John Lannan hid behind his black glove. The soundtrack for his Wednesday start, the Braves' trademark Tomahawk Chop, looped yet again. Pitching coach Rich Dubee sensed trouble in the second inning of a 6-3 Phillies loss, and that is when Lannan's night ended because of a knee injury. Later, he spoke with despair. He may have thrown his final pitch for the Phillies. "I feel like I'm letting everybody down - letting myself down, my family down - but you have to look at the silver lining," Lannan said.
January 16, 2010 |
For all the futility the Nationals/Expos franchise has endured, last season set a mark. Never before had the team lost 100 games or more in back-to-back seasons. Washington one-upped the 102 losses in 2008 with 103 more in 2009. That has prompted changes. Gone are general manager Jim Bowden and manager Manny Acta. Replacing them are Mike Rizzo and Jim Riggleman. A few free agents actually chose to go to Washington over other franchises this off-season. Baby steps. And everything could hinge on the chosen one, Stephen Strasburg, the No. 1 pick in the June draft.
January 26, 2013 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Phillies have not won the offseason. They have, in fact, finished third in the National League East, the same position they were stuck in when time expired on the 2012 season. The events that have transpired since the Phillies' final game in Nationals Park in October have been fascinating but not at all fulfilling for fans thirsty for one more championship from an aging core of players. With center field identified as their greatest need before the season ended, the Phillies made an offer for free agent B.J. Upton, but it was reportedly $20 million less than the $75 million over five years he'll be paid to play for the Atlanta Braves.
May 5, 2010 |
Rod Barajas hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the ninth inning last night, rallying the New York Mets to a 5-4 victory after the host Cincinnati Reds had caught up with a homer of their own upheld after a review. Barajas hit the first pitch from closer Francisco Cordero (1-2) deep into the seats in left-centerfield, his seventh homer overall. The catcher has homered five times in his last nine games. "He's been impressive in that manner," Mets manager Jerry Manuel "He's had some big hits at some big moments.