starting pitcher John Lannan
(7-7), Long Island native and Yankee fan, shutout the New York Mets
on 7 singles Tuesday night. The Nationals only had 4 hits, also all singles. The key difference was Lannan walked no one in 9 innings, while Met starter Oliver Perez
(2-3) walked 6 in 6 innings. 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. Ryan Zimmerman
led off the 4th with a walk. Adam Dunn
singled him to third, then Austin Kearns
walked to load the bases. 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. 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. He stole second, then Zimmerman walked. Dunn singled to drive in Morgan, then a Josh Willingham
sacrifice fly plated Zimmerman to give the Nats a 4-0 lead. That would be the final score.
Lannan kept out of trouble by spreading the Mets 7 singles around. Only once, in the 3rd inning, did the Mets get a runner as far as second base. 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. I highly recommend the soundtrack to the movie Singles
. The Seattle sound of the late '80s-early '90s is well represented.Please visit yahoo.com for the box score