John Lannan matching up with Roy Halladay, but Phillies lead Nationals

We’ve played three innings at Nationals Park, and the fact that the Nationals haven’t scored yet on Roy Halladay isn’t exactly surprising. But John Lannan, who’s been miserable against the Phillies in his career, is turning his luck around early tonight.

He’s matched Halladay with three shutout innings, getting a pair of double plays to keep the game scoreless so far.

Lannan has recorded six outs on ground balls, making up for the fact his control hasn’t been great so far tonight. He’s only thrown 29 strikes in 54 pitches, but he’s spotted his fastball effectively.

The Nationals, though, have only managed a hit on Halladay, and despite the fact they got two walks in the third inning - marking the first time since Aug. 20, 2010, also against the Nationals, that Halladay has walked two batters in the same inning - they couldn’t score. They fell behind in the fourth after Ian Desmond botched a ground ball, and interfered with Jimmy Rollins on his way to third for his second error of the inning. The Phillies scored on Ben Francisco’s RBI groundout, and have a 1-0 lead in the fourth.