Mets bounced back from last nights awful effort and defeated the Nationals 7-0. Livan Hernandez had another stellar start, and the offense helped out with five runs in the first inning, and more runs in the seventh and ninth innings. The Mets win the series two games to one.
Livan Hernandez continues to impress and gets the win against the Nationals after a stellar performance. Livan held the Nats scoreless and didn’t allow a hit through the first two innings He was able to keep base runners stranded, and looked like a natural out there with no pressure.
Livan continues his impressive string of starts with his third in a row, going seven shutout innings, only giving up four hits. He struck out 4 and walked 4 on 118 pitches. He is now 5-1 on the season, with a 3.88 ERA.
Pedro Feliciano came into the game and got two outs in the eighth inning, striking out one. Pedro continues to be the productive, quiet guy in the ‘pen. Bobby Parnell came in and finished the eighth for Pedro.
The best closer in the game, Frankie Rodriguez, came into the ninth inning to finish off the Nats, not allowing a hit and striking out one.
Mets offense got off to a huge start in the first inning, and scored five runs on only three hits and two helpful wild pitches from Stammen. After that, they went back to typical Mets hitting, not scoring a run again till the seventh inning when Wright hit a single to score Cora. The Mets scored again in the ninth inning on Beltran’s double to score Martinez.
Everybody’s favorite rookie hitter, Fernando Martinez, went 1-5 with a double, RBI, and two runs. Nice to see he didn’t get sent down.
Daniel Murphy looked impressive going 2-4 with an RBI, walk and a run. Also he continues to do well at first base, starting his first double play since his first game at first base. Let’s hope his cold streak ends. Keep it going Murphy, and you may urn yourself some more playing time.
David Wright continues his leadership stretching a base hit up the middle into a double catching Dukes napping. He went 2-3 with a double, RBI, run, and two walks.
Carlos Beltran has gotten off his groove, going 1 for his last 12 at bats. He went 1-5 today with a double and an RBI.
Ryan Church had a nice start back from the DL. He went 2-5 with a double and a run in the game. With him back, Mets will have an impressive outfield with him, Martinez and Beltran.
Alex Cora and Brian Schneider each had a hit. In fact only Valdez was the only guy not to get a hit in the game for the Mets.
Gary Sheffield continues to miss games because of his sore knee.
Aflac trivia question: Who has the major league record with the greatest disparity between homeruns at home and homeruns away?
Aflac trivia answer: Mel Ott, 323 homeruns at Polo Grounds, 188 homeruns on the road.
Livan Hernandez for his seven shutout innings.
Mets will have tomorrow off as they prepare for the Phillies. On Tuesday, Johan Santana (7-3, 2.00) will start the series opener at home against the division rivals, Philadelphia Phillies, who will send the undefeated J.A. Happ (4-0, 2.48) to the mound.