After Laynce Nix homer, Nationals lead Phillies 2-1

The Nationals have a 2-1 lead on the Phillies after two innings, courtesy of another homer from their left fielder, who continues to craft a surprising season after making the team as a minor league free agent.

Laynce Nix hit his ninth homer of the year in the bottom of the third, driving an outside fastball from Roy Oswalt to right-center and putting the Nationals up 2-1. He only hit four homers all of last season; he has three in his last four games.

Nix is hitting .308 now, and he’s on pace for 27 homers this year. The Nationals were surprised to get him this winter on a minor league deal, and he’s done an impressive job replacing Josh Willingham in left field after the Nationals scuttled their plan of using Michael Morse there, first because he was slumping and then because they needed to move him to first base. For all the Nationals’ offensive problems this year, hitting homers hasn’t been one of them; they’ve now got 50 in 55 games this year.

So it’s 2-1 Nationals in the fourth. We’ll see if John Lannan, who’s still looking for his first career win against the Phillies, can get it today.