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John Lannan faces Roy Oswalt tonight at sold-out Nationals Park.
Roy Oswalt, who was supposed to start the opener but was scratched after the 2-hour, 22-minute rain delay, gets the ball at last for the Phillies. He'll face a Nationals lineup that has Michael Morse back in the cleanup spot after sitting out one game with elbow inflammation.
John Lannan, meanwhile, takes the ball against the Phillies yet again. Seems like he never misses these guys, even though his lifetime numbers against them (1-11, 5.84 ERA) are horrendous.
It's Ian Desmond bobblehead night, the forecast is clear and this game has already been sold out. Updates to come...
PHILLIES at NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m.
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 185
Weather: Clear, 85 degrees, Wind 6 mph RF to LF
STARTING LINEUPS5:45 p.m. -- The latest update on Ivan Rodriguez: He took 25 light swings today and said "everything feels good." He'll do the same thing tomorrow and hope to progress to taking live BP sometime soon.
SS Ian Desmond
CF Rick Ankiel
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Michael Morse
LF Laynce Nix
RF Jayson Werth
2B Danny Espinosa
C Wilson Ramos
P John Lannan
SS Jimmy Rollins
CF Shane Victorino
2B Chase Utley
1B Ryan Howard
RF Hunter Pence
LF John Mayberry Jr.
C Carlos Ruiz
3B Wilson Valdez
P Roy Oswalt
7:05 p.m. -- We are underway with a groundout to shortstop on the game's first pitch from John Lannan to Jimmy Rollins. Full house here tonight. Quite a scene.
7:09 p.m. -- Very nice top of the first for Lannan. He retired the side with ease, following up the Rollins groundout with a flyball to center and then striking out Chase Utley on a pretty breaking ball. Encouraging start to the night.
7:18 p.m. -- Missed opportunity for the Nats in the bottom of the first. With two outs, Ryan Zimmerman singled and Michael Morse doubled down the right-field line. Kind of surprised Bo Porter didn't wave Zim around third there. He might well have been thrown out. But with two outs, might have been worth taking the shot. Especially after Laynce Nix struck out on three pitches, including a bad check swing on an 0-2 fastball at his eyelids. It remains scoreless after one.
7:30 p.m. -- Boy, you think Lannan is a little fired up for this one? He's throwing harder than I can ever remember seeing from him, including one fastball that registered 94 mph. He's also coming way inside on the Phillies' right-handed hitters, trying to back them off the plate. So far, it's working. Though he loaded the bases with one out in the second, he got a big (if unconventional) 5-2 double play to end the inning. Still scoreless going to the bottom of the second.
7:45 p.m. -- Three scoreless innings for Lannan, who is putting guys on base but coming through when he needs to, having twice retired Chase Utley to end an inning. Forty-one pitches (29 strikes) through three.
8:04 p.m. -- Oh boy, an error once again comes back to haunt Lannan. He appeared to be out of the fourth inning unscathed when he had Mayberry picked off first base. Morse made a perfect throw to second, but Desmond took his eye off the ball at the last second and flat-out dropped it. That's an E6, and it proved costly because Lannan proceeded to walk Ruiz and then serve up a two-out, two-run triple to Valdez. The Phillies take a 2-0 lead, and Lannan has now given up nine runs (eight unearned) in the last week to Philadelphia.
8:16 p.m. -- Another squandered opportunity for the Nats in the bottom of the fourth. They had runners on first and second and one out -- though it should be noted the lead could have been on third had Laynce Nix, who is really struggling, advanced him instead of popping out to third base -- when Werth laced a single to left. Mayberry had the ball in his hand before Zimmerman reached third base, but Porter waved him around. And Mayberry's throw was on the money, nailing Zim at the plate and eliciting another eruption from the crowd. Overly aggressive move there by Bo, though I can't say I completely fault him for trying, especially with Espinosa due up. Danny is absolutely lost at the plate right now, and it showed as he struck out to end the inning. Still 2-0 Phillies after four.
8:36 p.m. -- That's an earned run against Lannan, who left a 1-0 slider over the plate to Hunter Pence and watched it sail into the left-field bleachers. Very few people inside this stadium did not stand and applaud as Pence rounded the bases. It's 3-0 Phillies in the sixth.
8:39 p.m. -- And after two more base hits, Lannan is out of the game without recording an out in the top of the sixth. Collin Balester now in from the bullpen, trying to keep this game from getting out of hand.
8:46 p.m. -- And the wheels have officially come off. The Phillies score two more runs in the sixth to make it 5-0, thanks in no small part to a terrible decision by Morse, who inexplicably threw to third base on a sac bunt attempt when he had no chance to retire the lead runner. Rollins followed with a two-run single up the middle, and all of a sudden, a competitive game has slipped out of the Nats' reach.
8:56 p.m. -- Just when you were ready to call this a night, Dale Scott gives you just enough glimmer of hope to keep watching. Bases loaded, two outs, Balester on the mound, Howard at the plate, 2-2 count ... and Scott punches Howard out on a slider that looked about 6 inches outside. I suppose if nothing else, the plate ump has been consistent tonight. It remains 5-0 going to the bottom of the sixth.
9:16 p.m. -- The Nats just can't string anything together against Oswalt. They've recorded a hit in four straight innings but have yet to score. Still 5-0 after seven.
9:21 p.m. -- Wow, tonight's official paid attendance is 44,685. That's the largest crowd in Nationals Park history. The Nationals would like to thank the Phillies and their fans for making this possible.
9:25 p.m. -- The listed capacity of this ballpark, by the way, is 41,546. Which means there were more than 3,000 standing room only tickets sold tonight. Again, the Nationals would like to thank the Phillies and their fans for making this possible.
9:56 p.m. -- It's over. Final score: 5-0. The Phillies beat John Lannan and the Nationals in front of tens of thousands of their fans. I believe I've written that sentence a few times before.