Phillies pitcher John Lannan gave two earned runs in seven innings, but Reading's offense was quiet in a 6-0 loss to Bowie on Wednesday.
Lannan looked every bit like the pitcher who posted a 2.77 ERA before suffering a knee injury in an 11-2 loss to the Reds in April. The southpaw, who was originally limited to 85 pitches or six innings, flew through the first three innings after he induced seven groundouts to face the minimum.
After recording another groundout, he faced his first challenge of the night in the fourth inning after allowing two singles. Bowie’s Caleb Joseph drove in the team’s first run of the game after the Fightins bobbled a double play. It was like déjà vu all over again in the seventh after the Baysox strung together three straight singles off Lannan. The 28-year old almost got of the jam, but Bowie tacked on their second run of the game after Reading couldn’t complete the double play for the second time of the night.
Lannan exited the game after the seventh inning and threw 85 pitches, 61 of which were strikes. He surrendered two earned runs on seven hits (all singles), while striking out one and walking one. Over the start, Lannan notched a 14-1 groundout to flyout ratio.