3:31, END: The Nats win, 7-4. Henry Rodriguez got the save with another impressive, scoreless inning. He allowed a 10-hopper to the right side for a single, but he a got strike out on a filthy breaking ball, then a double play ball.
3:12, TOP 7: Just got back from talking to John Lannan, who felt good about his start. “I gave myself a chance,” he said. He was also professionally nonchalant about Davey Johnson saying he’d be the No. 5 starter. “Davey doesn’t have to worry about me,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Nationals lead 7-4. Ross Detwiler gave up a two-run home run to Brandon Barnes. He had a 1-2-3 sixth, but a more ragged seventh. Ryan Mattheus is on for the Nats.
2:39, END 5: Roger Bernadina put the Nationals ahead, 6-2, with a big, two-run homer off minor league left-hander Kyle Chapman. He just obliterated it to right-center. Ross Detwiler replaces John Lannan, ending Lannan’s day. His line: 5 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 1 HR, 71 pitches, 48 strikes.
2:20, MID 5: Lannan allowed one run after Chris Johnson reached on a strikeout, scooting to first after a wild pitch got past Wilson Ramos, and eventually scored on a sac fly. Lannan stranded two runners in scoring position by whiffing Brian Bixler to end the inning. It’s 3-2, Nats.
2:10, END 4: We’re a bit delayed because I spent the first couple innings writing this, which I hope you check out. John Lannan has been excellent, retiring 12 of the 13 batters he’s faced, allowing only a solo home run to Chris Johnson and throwing just 51 pitches. The Nationals have three runs, paced by Wilson Ramos’s RBI double in the third. Danny Espinosa had been showing solid progress with his left-handed swing, but today’s he’s 0 for 2 with two Ks against right-hander Jordan Lyles.