Nationals 2, Phillies 1
Game 56 - Wednesday Afternoon, June 1st in Washington
One Sentence Summary: On a sweltering afternoon in D.C., Laynce Nix provided the offense and defense for the Nationals as the Phillies dropped the game and the series.
What It Means: John Lannan, who entered this game with an 0-10 record and a 6.44 ERA in 13 career starts against the Phillies, finally won a ballgame against the Phillies. The Phils fell to 34-22 and they'll have a day of rest tomorrow before opening a series in Pittsburgh on Friday.
What Went Wrong: Nix hit a solo home run in the third to give the Nationals a 2-1 lead. In the top of the sixth, with the bases loaded with Phillies and two outs, Nix made a diving catch of Domonic Brown's line drive to left, ending the rally and thwarting the team's best chance to take the lead.
Roy Oswalt (3-3) lasted five innings, allowing both Nationals runs on six hits.
Featured Card: Jayson Werth started the scoring against the Phillies with a RBI-single in the first. We're only a few months into the 2011 season and it already seems normal to see Werth in a Nationals uniform. Back at the beginning of Werth's tenure with the Phillies, it was actually kind of difficult to find a good picture of him for my Chachi sets. When searching for Les Walrond's 2008 Chachi card for last night's post, I came across Werth's card from the year the Phillies went all the way to the promised land. It's not a very good shot of the slugger, but I remember being pleased I was able to find something, anything, to use for his card. And now he's a Washington National. A very, very rich Washington National.