The Washington Times - June 23, 2009, 08:11PM

Not much going how the Nationals would have liked it so far. They trail 2-1 in the fourth, but John Lannan’s pitch count is spiking and the Nats misplayed a ball in the fourth that led to the Red Sox’ second run.

Lannan has thrown 69 pitches so far, 27 of them balls, and is having more trouble with a veteran lineup than he did last week in New York. The Red Sox operate much in the same way the Yankees do—fouling off pitches, working counts—and it’s given Lannan trouble so far.

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Boston’s second run came after Jason Bay singled to start the fourth, and Lannan gave up a two-out triple to Jacoby Ellsbury. Willie Harris got a bad jump on the ball, which rebounded high and hard off the center field wall just as Harris was racing up to it. It got past him, and Ellsbury reached third when no one cut off Harris’ throw.

On the bright side for the Nationals, Ryan Zimmerman has two hits in his first two at-bats, scoring Washington’s only run in the first inning. That’s a good thing, because if the Nats are going to win this one, it’s probably going to take five runs or so.