It wasn’t much, just a simple little ground ball to shortstop. But for a team having trouble scoring runs, it provided a second-inning lead.
The Nationals went up 1-0 on the Pirates in Saturday’s nightcap, parlaying a one-out walk to Jayson Werth, a single by Rick Ankiel and Wilson Ramos’ run-scoring grounder in the hole into an early lead.
John Lannan’s getting lots of ground balls through the first two innings, recording all six of his outs in that manner. He gave up a two-out triple to Andrew McCutchen in the first, then stranded him by getting cleanup hitter to bounce out to Ian Desmond at short.
Update: Lannan continues to induce ground balls aplenty, but the Pirates have gone ahead 2-1 in the third. Eric Fryer led off with his first major league hit, a single to left, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Alex Presley’s groundout sent him to third and he scored when Chase d’Arnaud grounded a run-scoring single to left. The next hitter, McCutchen, then blasted a deep drive that Werth juggled into a double at the scoreboard in right field, allowing d’Arnaud to score for a 2-1 lead.
Update: It’s now a 2-2 tie heading to the fourth. With runners on the corners and one down, Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman hit what looked to be a double-play grounder to second. But the relay by shortstop d’Arnaud pulled first baseman Lyle Overbay off the bag, allowing Roger Bernadina to score from third.