Jul 22, 2012, 4:17 AM EDT
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John Lannan gave up two early runs but then shut down the Braves.
For more than four seasons, he would take the mound every fifth day for the Nationals, the most reliable member of a typically unreliable starting rotation. He pitched well most nights, didn’t pitch well every once in a while, and compiled stats that suggested he was worthy of a spot at the back end of a big-league rotation.
But through it all, through 128 starts with the Nationals from 2007-11, John Lannan never once pitched in a truly significant baseball game.
“I mean, I’ve never been on a first-place team,” he said. “And I’ve never been in a game where it really meant something.”
So when the opportunity finally presented itself Saturday night, Lannan decided he might as well make the most of it.
“That’s all I wanted to do: Come in, and in any way I could help the team,” he said.
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