In the better half of a split double-header, the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 5-2, and John Lannan threw 7 innings of 5-hit, 2 run baseball. The lefty struck out 3 and walked 2 in his first major-league start of 2012.
Lannan also helped the team with his bat, hitting a single and a sacrifice bunt. It’s just one game, but as long as he’s hitting 1.000, I think he should needle Stephen Strasburg (.357 BA), just a little.
Thank you, John, for a terrific evening. I could not have been happier for you.
Photos: (1) John Lannan threw 7 innings and earned a win for the Nationals in his 2012 major-league debut; (2) In the bottom of the 3rd, Lannan records the first Nationals hit of the game; (3) In recognition of his performance, Lannan gets some Gatorade love from teammates (and once again, MASN’s Kristina Akra also gets a bath)