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After taking 2 of 3 from Atlanta Braves, The Phillies continued on their 10 game home stand by opening a 4 game series with the Washington Nationals. The Scheduled pitching matchup was John Lannan vs. Nationals Dan Haren. Charlie Manuel made changes to lineup; Ben Revere was back in leadoff, Jimmy Rollins Batting 2nd, Chase Utley batting 3rd, Darin Ruf bats 7th & plays 1st base, Carlos Ruiz got start behind the plate
Phillies Pitcher John Lannan first pitch to Denard Span was a strike. The first runs of game came in the bottom of 1st inning when Domonic Brown singles on a ground ball to first baseman Adam LaRoche which got deflected by pitcher Dan Haren in the process scoring Ben Revere for the early 1-0 lead, and then Darin Ruf draws a bases loaded walk which scored Jimmy Rollins for a 2-0 lead. In the 4th inning, while Ryan Zimmerman was batting, catcher Carlos Ruiz throws out Bryce Harper at 2nd base. The Phillies would add another run in 6th inning when Jimmy Rollins singles to right scoring Ben Revere for a 3-0 lead. Phillies pitcher John Lannan had it going, he had 3 innings of shutting the Nationals down 1-2-3, Lannan would go on to strikeout Ian Desmond 3 times.
Lannan had everything going for him, Jonathan Papelbon comes In the 9th inning for the save, The Nationals get on the board in 9th inning when Jayson Werth hits sacrifice fly to center scoring Bryce Harper to make it 3-1 Phillies, then Adam LaRoche would do the same thing that Werth did by hitting a sacrifice fly to center scoring Ryan Zimmerman to cut Phillies lead to 3-2. Papelbon would get Chad Tracy to fly out to center to end the game, Phillies hold on for a 3-2 Win.
John Lannan Night vs. Nationals: 8 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, 3 Strikeouts on 109 Pitches, Nationals Dan Haren Night vs. Phillies: 5 innings, 7 hits, 2 runs, 7 strikeouts on 95 Pitches. The Phillies have taken 3 of first 4 games on 10 game home stand. The Phillies & Nationals play Game 2 of 4 game series on Tuesday at 7:05 PM when Phillies send Cole Hamels to face Nationals Taylor Jordan.
Fans Feedback during game:
Joe Wilkinson on Twitter (@JoeWilkinson14) “It was a big win for sure. Hopefully the Phillies can continue their winning ways.”
Brianna Doyle on Twitter (@briannadoyle_) “I think Lannan was Incredible and it was great to see his best game against his form team! Papelbon needs to get it together though!”
WP: John Lannan (2-3)
LP: Dan Haren (4-10)
S: Jonathan Papelbon (19)
Time of game: 2:40
Attendance at Citizens Bank Park 33, 061
1st Baseman Howard Shelved
The Phillies might of got the victory on Monday night but they sure aren't celebrating after receiving some terrible news that will make a major impact on their lineup.
After being sent to the 15 day DL last week, 1B Ryan Howard has discovered he has a torn meniscus in his left knee that will require surgery. The injury will keep the slugger out for 6-8 weeks. In his place will be the young kid, Darrin Ruf. Philly fans have been begging for this kid to get an opportunity, well they got their wish!
Howard was batting a .266 average with 11 homeruns and 43 RBI's in 2013 before he sustained the injury.