John Lannan would be happy if he never had to face the Philadelphia Phillies again in his career. The Washington lefty fell to 1-11 with a 5.84 ERA in his 15 career starts against the Phillies, surrendering seven runs (though only one earned) in just three innings Saturday night in a 11-3 loss.
Lannan gave up four hits, struck out only one and issued five walks. After the five run third inning, he did not return to pitch the fourth, though it was not determined if that was due to ineffectiveness or perhaps an injury suffered.
Ryan Howard was the offensive star for Philadelphia, going two for four at the plate, with a home run and four runs driven in. Shane Victorino chipped in two hits for the Phillies, and Raul Ibanez had two runs batted in.
Offensively for the Nationals, Michael Morse returned from an elbow contusion suffered Thursday, and was two for four at the plate with a double and a run batted in. Ian Desmond added two hits and one run batted in for a Washington attack that was held at bay for much of the game by Philadelphia starter Roy Oswalt.
The Nationals send Chien-Ming Wang (1-2, 3.60) to the hill in Sunday's series finale. Wang will square off against Phillies star Roy Halladay, 15-4 on the year with a 2.51 ERA..