09/02/09 3:00 AM ET
Nats need repeat performance by Lannan
Washington (46-87) at San Diego (58-76), 3:35 p.m. ET
By Tim Powers / Special to MLB.com
WSH: LHP John Lannan (8-9, 3.95 ERA)
The lefty returned to form against the Cardinals on Friday, giving up two runs in eight innings. But one of the runs was a big one, a solo homer by pinch-hitter Khalil Greene in the eighth that tied the game at 2. The Cardinals won the game in the bottom of the ninth and Lannan took a no-decision. He had given up 23 earned runs in his last 25 innings but dominated the Cardinals to the tune of 17 ground-ball outs. He kept the ball down and was cruising toward his third complete game of the season when he fell behind Greene, 3-1, and served up a fastball that barely reached the seats in left. Despite not getting the win, it looks like the dominating Lannan that the Nationals saw for much of the season has returned.
Friday's start against the Marlins wasn't Correia's best, but thanks in large part to a five-run cushion going into the bottom of the second, he picked up his team-leading ninth win. Over his past seven starts, Correia is 3-2 with a 3.58 ERA. He is 1-1 with a 3.09 ERA in nine career games (two starts) against the Nationals. Tidbits
Shortstop Cristian Guzman remained unavailable to play in the field on Tuesday night due to soreness in his foot, but he appeared as a pinch-hitter for the second straight game. Guzman is expected to rest the foot again on Wednesday, but he may return to the starting lineup on Friday in Washington. ... Tuesday's loss in San Diego meant the Nationals can at best earn a split with San Diego in the season series. ... Outfielder Justin Maxwell reached base once in his first game since getting a callup on Monday, earning a walk in the eighth.
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Friday: Nationals (Craig Stammen, 4-7, 5.11) vs. Marlins (Sean West, 6-5, 4.22), 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday: Nationals (Garrett Mock, 3-6, 5.01) vs. Marlins (Josh Johnson, 13-4, 3.08), 7:05 p.m. ET
Tim Powers is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.