The Washington Times - April 17, 2009, 09:02PM

The Nationals lead 2-1 after six, with John Lannan getting through a rough fourth inning only allowing one run and Washington’s little guys doing some damage.

First, Lannan: He’s kept doing what’s made him good in the past, and though John Baker took him deep with one out in the fourth, he’s kept his composure well. He allowed a double later that inning to Jorge Cantu, hit Dan Uggla and threw a wild pitch. But just when it seemed like things were about to unravel, Lannan struck out Jeremy Hermida and got a groundout from Coday Ross. He’s allowed one hit since then, and is about to start the seventh.


Now, the Nats’ offense: For a guy that was labeled a defense-only addition, Alberto Gonzalez has done nothing but hit since he’s been in Washington. He batted .347 in 17 games last year, and is 6-for-10 this year, including a 3-for-3 showing tonight. His double in the fourth inning drove in Jesus Flores (who scored from first!), and Anderson Hernandez drove him in with a single two batters later. On a night where the heart of the Nats’ order hasn’t done much, other than a couple Ryan Zimmerman singles, the infielders might have provided enough to carry the load.