Phillies 3, Nationals 2
Game 90 - Monday Night, July 8th in Philadelphia
Record - 44-46, 3rd Place, 7 1/2 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: John Lannan punished his former team as the Phillies won the first game of this key series, 3-2.
What It Means: See what the Phillies are doing to us here? Just when we're ready to completely write them off for the season, they start playing like this, giving us hope. I'm back on the bus if they take this series.
Who am I kidding. I never got off the bus.
What Went Right: WHO are you and WHAT have you done with John Lannan? Someone who looks like Lannan shut out the Nationals for eight innings. He allowed just four hits before yielding to Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth. Papelbon decided to make things interesting by allowing a few runs, and almost giving up a game tying home run to Jayson Werth, before securing his 19th save.
Ben Revere had a three-hit night, raising his average to .300 and he also scored twice. Darin Ruf, now officially the club's first baseman with Ryan Howard on the shelf with a torn meniscus, walked with the bases loaded in the first.
Featured Card: Lannan's only two Phillies cards to date appear in the first and second team issued sets. I'm hoping he's a candidate to appear in the Topps Update set.