Game #29 at Washington

Nationals Park | 7:35 | Dumaitrait vs. John Lannan | Box
John Lannan’s scoreless inning streak came to an abrupt and decisive halt. And then it appeared that maybe it wouldn’t count due to a long rain delay in the home half of the fourth.
The Bucs jumped on Lannan for six tallies in the third inning. Jose Bautista capped the scoring with a homer to dead center field. Leading 7-1, there was a 25 minute rain delay in the bottom of the fourth that seemed to go on for 90 minutes.
When the club’s emerged, Phil Dumatrait was battered around for three scores and he would not answer the bell for the fifth inning. Dumatrait was being kept on a pitch count and tossed 66 pitches through four innings.
Damaso Marte entered to pick up the easy win. The Pirates tacked on five more runs as the Bucs bullpen held the Nats to just one hit and no walks over the final five innings.
Strange that Evan Meek didn’t make an appearance.
The “Freddy Sanchez’ shoulder is not quite right” bandwagon might be full and headed down hill, but I’m running as I can so I can catch up and jump on. He was 0-5 with another error tonight.
The Bucs offense has come through for five runs or more in an inning three times in the last three games after having only two such innings the whole year previously.

Pre-Game Thoughts
While John Grabow’s scoreless inning streak ended last night, Nats hurler John Lannan puts his on the line this evening. His streak sits at 19 innings right now. His last three starts have been particularly strong. He has struck out 18 in 20 innings while giving up just one run and allowing 12 hits.
Last season Lannan was tossed from his ML debut for hitting a couple of Phillies. He also held Barry Bonds hitless when Bonds was tied with Hank Aaron for some sort of important record. He has yet to face any Pirate hitters.
We could think about happier things or we could think about Phil Dumatrait getting a turn in the rotation. He started six times last year for the Reds and pitched a total of 18 innings. Yep, three innings per start on average. His ERA was an unreal 15.00. He has faired better this year out of the pen, posting a slightly better than league average ERA+ in 10 appearances.
The Nationals are 5-8 against him. Ronnie Belliard and Ryan Zimmerman are both 2-2. All that action happened Dumatrait’s ML debut last year on August 2. The winning pitcher in that contest was the guy who eventually gave up #756 – Mike Bascik.
Here’s an interview with Andy Van Slyke.

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