Game #69 Recap: Nats Drop Opener, Sub .500 Again
The Nationals came in to Philadelphia after having lost 2 of 3 to the Cleveland Indians.The one game the Nationals won against the Indians came on a pair of clutch home runs from Chad Tracy and Anthony Rendon. The Nationals would get a clutch home run to tie the game in the 9th, but ultimately go on to lose as the Phillies walked off in the 9th.
John Lannan was non tendered by the Nationals after the 2012 season and became a free agent. The Phillies picked him up on a $2.5 million deal that included another $2.5 million in incentives. John Lannan made his first ever start against the team that brought him through the big leagues, and he did fairly well. He allowed 2 runs in the 5 innings he pitched and left the game with a 4-2 lead. Lannan allowed the 2 runs in the 1st and 4th innings. Werth picked up an RBI in the 1st inning, then Lombardozzi picked up an RBI as he and Kurt Suzuki hit a pair of doubles. Lannan's final line was 5IP's, 6 hits, 2 runs, 1 BB, and 4K's.
Haren, who has struggled all season, did not have his worst night, but he wasn't on either. Dan Haren allowed the game to be tied when he served up a home run to Ryan Howard in the 2nd inning. Haren then gave up the lead in the 3rd inning where he allowed 2 runs on a double from Delmon Young. The Nationals were quiet after scoring their second run, until the 8th inning when Ian Desmond drove in Ryan Zimmerman with a single to make the score 4-3 Phillies. Then, in the top of the 9th inning Chad Tracy took a 0-2 fastball from Jonathan Papelbon deep to tie the game at 4. Abad came in and allowed a leadoff single to Ben Revere. A single from Jimmy Rollins put runners at 1st and 3rd with 1 out. Abad struck out the pinch hitter Steven Lerud, making it runners at 1st and 3rd with 2 outs. Then Domonic Brown poked a single that scored Revere.
The Nationals fell one game below .500 yet again after Monday night's loss. The Nationals offense has been an issue, but the inconsistency from the Nationals 5th starter has been well documented also. The Nationals simply have nothing going their way in the 2013 season.