Tuesday, August 07, 2007
How About That John Lannan?
There is NO WAY that John Lannan could have ever dreamed up tonight's scenario. Even a betting man would not have predicted that Barry Bonds would make his first attempt at Home Run Number 756 against Our Washington Nationals and A Rookie Pitcher appearing in his third Major League Start. A player that started 2007 at Single A Potomac. Number 26 in your scorecard, that NOT EVEN NAT'S MANAGEMENT seriously considered a potential starter this season.
Although This Rookie did not get an official decision this evening--John Lannan Won in my book. Victorious for Defeating Number 25 in The San Francisco Giants Home Cream Whites. He beat Barry Bonds, getting one of Baseball's Least Favorite Players to pop out in foul territory, hit into a double play, then a FABULOUS Strikeout in the 7th. A swinging K that saw Barry miss, just one pitch earlier--A NO DOUBT HOME RUN PITCH. At 42, Bonds is on the downside of his career. That swing, in his prime--would have launched Lannan's pitch into McCovey Cove.
Lannan did walk Bonds once, but it really didn't matter. Our New Lefty handcuffed Barry Bonds all night long. Just a Terrific Performance. As thrilling as the thought must have been to be caught up in such a situation--John Lannan performed MASTERFULLY. Really, who could have thought--he would perform so well. That's mettle. That's not being overwhelmed. That's not trying to do too much.
Score One For The Good Guys!! Barry Bonds was defeated tonight. Although, "The Chief Cardiologist" returned to blow the save. An eventual 3-2 loss in 11 innings. An ending of Washington's six game winning streaking in Crushing Fashion!! Yeah, Chad Cordero's bad outing was costly, but it didn't take the sweetness of John Lannan's performance out of my mouth.
PS--I am away on assignment all week in Florida. Not sure how much I will be able to post. I'm paying attention, but The Space Shuttle is scheduled to take off on Wednesday. My Time my be limited.
Tonght's InGame Photos--(AP) Eric Risberg, Marcio Jose Sanchez and Jeff Chiu