The Phillies sent John Lannan to the mound, fresh off of an eight inning performance against the Washington Nationals on Monday. And how did he top it? Lannan went eight innings again, scattering just four hits, while striking out three. The only blip on the radar for Lannan was a fifth-inning sac fly from Sox second-baseman Gordan Beckham. Lannan has been great in his last two starts, the problem tonight was that so was White Sox starter Hector Santiago.
Santiago has been one of the few positive surprises for the White Sox this year, excelling as both a starter and a reliever. Santiago excelled in game two tonight, going seven and a third innings, and only allowing three hits. Much like Lannan, he had one blip on the radar, and that was a seventh inning homerun from John Mayberry to tie the game at one.
After Lannan exited, the Phillies bullpen was really solid. Luis Garcia continues to impress me, as he tossed two scoreless innings tonight, and showed off his devastatingly good pickup move. Justin De Fratus, Jake Diekman, and Joe Savery all thorough scoreless innings, to keep the Phillies afloat.
In the 24th innings of the day, literally, Michael Young lined a ball into right-field and after getting a great lead, Jimmy Rollins slid into home to give the Phillies a win.
24 exhausting innings in one day, is a lot. I watched every single inning, and haven’t missed too many this season. The reason I say this, is because tomorrow morning I am leaving for Rehoboth, Deleware for a vacation without Wifi. So with the exception of a few previously written posts, my staff will holding things down throughout the all-star break. Hope you guys enjoy the home-run derby and all-star game, and I will see you next Friday.