Nationals 3- Yankees 2

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Nationals (17-46) 3 7 0
Yankees (37-28) 2 4 0
Box Score

WP: John Lannan (4-5, 8.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K)
LP: Chien-Mien Wang (0-5, 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K)
S: Mike McDougal (1, .02 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K)

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Lannan. Another unknown pitcher baffles the Yankees. Bad news: I have never heard of the Nationals starter for tomorrow.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Mark Teixera's diving play in the sixth inning. It would have been even better if he turned a double play, but it was still rather impressive.

TURNING POINT OF THE GAME: Nick Johnson's triple in the 5th inning. Melky Cabrera's misguided attempt at a diving catch allowed the Nationals to score two runs instead of one, and that was the difference in the game.


  • The Yankees just lost to a team that only had 16 wins on the season, and it is June17. Washinton was 30 games under .500 until tonight.
  • John Lennon may have been killed in New York City, John Lannan thrived in the Big Apple He had a no-hitter into the fifth inning and only allowed 4 hits and 1 walk.
  • A-Rod needs a day off. He can't buy a hit right now (and if anyone in the league could actually buy a hit, it would be him.) He is batting .167 this month with 2 home runs and 9 RBIs. Not exactly what you want out of your cleanup hitter.
  • Wang didn't pitch poorly, but not well either. In my humble opinion, he deserves another start. He should have only given up one run if the Yankee defense had shown up tonight. There were no errors, but there were two ground balls that Cano should have gotten to and the play that Melky should have made.
  • Our research department (AKA John) tells me that both times Chien-Mien Wang has pitched against the Nationals, the Yankees have lost 3-2. The last time, in 2006, Wang lost the game in the bottom of the ninth inning after throwing 107 pitches. If I remember correctly, the Yankees bullpen was extremely depleated because of some poor starts and extra inning games and they needed Wang to try and go all 9, and he surrendered a 2-run homerun to Ryan Zimmerman.

Nationals at Yankees, 1:05 PM at Yankee Stadium
Craig Stammen (0-2, 5.86 ERA) vs. Joba Chamberlain (3-1, 3.84 ERA)



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