Phillies Fall to Nats, 9-2, As Haren Makes History

The Philadelphia Phillies offensive barrage was short lived as they retreated to their old ways. Phillies (52-63) hitters mustered only two runs and John Lannan got lit up on the way to a 9-2 loss. Dan Haren was the player of the game as he went seven strong innings allowing two runs and notching seven strikeouts while becoming only the 13th pitcher in MLB history to beat all 30 franchises.

Dan Haren made history last night (via SBNation)

It was ugly from the start as Lannan got himself into a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the first. It got worse from there, as Lannan gave up a two run homerun to rookie second baseman Anthony Rendon, his sixth. The homerun was reviewed and after originally being ruled a homer, the replay showed that is was, as it hit the railing just above the right center field wall. Three batters later, Ryan Zimmerman crushed his 13th homer of the year to left center field to make it 3-0. In the third, Ian Desmond lined a double and Adam Laroche followed it up with an RBI double on a flare to  center field that was misread by Michael Martinez.

The Phillies first hit didn’t come until the fourth inning when Michael Young ripped a double off the right center field wall. The next batter, Chase Utley, singled to right to give the Phillies their first run. The Nationals (55-60) kept hitting in the bottom of the fifth when Wilson Ramos hit an RBI double, Dan Haren walked in a run, and Denard Span had a 2 RBI single to make the score 8-1 after five innings.

That would end up being it for Lannan as he allowed eight runs and nine hits as well as walking five and striking out only three batters. Justin De Fratus came in and pitched a scoreless sixth. He was replaced by Cesar Jimenez, who threw a perfect inning in the seventh after Cody Asche had an RBI groundout in the top half of the inning. After giving up a lead off double to Scott Hairston, Raul Valdes got two quick outs before giving up a RBI single to Bryce Harper to make the score 9-2.

The defensive player of the game was Adam Laroche as he made two diving stops at first base. The Phils next came is August 10, in a match up that pits Cliff Lee against rookie Taylor Jordan.

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