Lannan aces Cardinals in Jupiter
John Lannan may be one of the weakest number one starters in MLB, but he handled most of the St. Louis Cardinals starters on Tuesday, leading the Washington Nationals to their first spring training win. Lannan allowed just two hits, no walks and an unearned run in four innings of work. The lefty's spring ERA is 3.00
Working in relief, Cards left-hander Jaime Garcia fanned seven in three one-hit innings. He is still not favored to make the rotation, but he should be there before too long.
Nats shortstop Ian Desmond (.400) continues to impress, going 2-for-4 from the number two hole and stealing a base against stingy catcher Yadier Molina. Pudge Rodriguez also had a pair of hits and drove in three. His spring average is .353.
However, first baseman Adam Dunn left the Nats’ other split squad game in the second inning with back spasms, never a good malady to have. He is batting just .167 on the spring.
On the Cardinals side, Julio Lugo (groin) is said to be improved, but Matt Holliday (oblique) remains on hold.