John Lannan started the season 0 for 33 at the plate. In his last two starts he’s gone 4 for 6 including hitting his first Major League home run in the Nationals 7-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Michael Morse started the Nationals scoring off in the top of the first when he hit his 21st double of the season scoring Ryan Zimmerman from second and making it an early 1-0 lead. In the second John Lannan came up with Ian Desmond at first and two outs. Lannan, who came in hitting .o57 on the season, nailed it to right field and just cleared the fence giving the Nationals a 3-0 lead and for Lannan his first career home run. Lannan has four hits and four RBI in his last two games combined.
The Dodgers cut it to one when Juan Uribe hit it hard right at Ian Desmond and Desmond swiped at the ball and got all air as the ball went bouncing into the outfield. Two runs scored on the Desmond error, but only one of the runs was earned, and it was 3-2 Nationals. Later in the inning Desmond committed another error but this time it didn’t come back to bite the Nationals.
In the ninth, the Nationals got the bases loaded with one out and Jerry Hairston, who pinched hit for Roger Bernadina in the top of the seventh and stayed in at center field, hit a grand slam just over the left field fence to put the game out of reach and make it a 7-2 game. For Hairston that’s his fourth homer of the season and he is up to 23 RBI.
John Lannan lasted 6.1 innings, gave up one earned run on three hits, walked four and struck out six while lowering his ERA to 3.51 and is now 7-6 on the season. Sean Burnett, Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen worked a perfect 2.2 innings. Storen who was warming up early in the ninth thinking it would be a save situation, came on anyways striking out two to put it away. The Nationals pitchers only gave up three hits which ties a season low for the Nationals pitchers.
The Nationals and Dodgers meet again in Los Angeles Saturday with the first pitch scheduled for 10:10 pm and coverage starting at 9:30pm on 106.7 The FAN. Tom Gorzelanny (2-6, 4.07 ERA) will take the mound for the Nats against the Dodgers Ted Lilly (6-10, 4.83 ERA).