Washington Nationals starting pitcher John Lannan (7-7), Long Island native and Yankee fan, shutout the New York Mets on 7 singles Tuesday night.Â The Nationals only had 4 hits, also all singles.Â The key difference was Lannan walked no one in 9 innings, while Met starter Oliver Perez (2-3) walked 6 in 6 innings.Â I would’ve made the title and theme of this post “walks” but then I couldn’t have worked in “Citizen Dick.”
The Nats got 2 runs each in the 4th and 5th innings.Â Ryan Zimmerman led off the 4th with a walk.Â Adam Dunn singled him to third, then Austin Kearns walked to load the bases.Â Alberto Gonzalez hit a fly ball to RF Jeff Francoeur, who dropped the ball, then fired it to second for a force out on Kearns, while Zimmerman scored.Â A single by Wil Nieves drove in Dunn to make it 2-0 Nats.
Nyjer Morgan was hit by a Perez pitch leading off the 5th.Â He stole second, then Zimmerman walked.Â Dunn singled to drive in Morgan, then a Josh Willingham sacrifice fly plated Zimmerman to give the Nats a 4-0 lead.Â That would be the final score.
Lannan kept out of trouble by spreading the Mets 7 singles around.Â Only once, in the 3rd inning, did the Mets get a runner as far as second base.Â Oddly enough that runner was Perez, who had of course singled earlier in the inning.
That’s all I’ve got to say about the game.Â I highly recommend the soundtrack to the movie Singles.Â The Seattle sound of the late ’80s-early ’90s is well represented.
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