Met fans dreamed the impossible dream, and Met pitcher Livan Hernandez reached the impossible star Tuesday night as he became the first Met starter of 2009 to throw a complete game as the Mets defeated the Washington Nationals 6-1.
Hernandez’ unlikely feat was the top tale of a story filled night, which also featured the Major League debut of 20 year old Met prospect Fernando Martinez, and a prodigious 3-run homer by Gary Sheffield, his second 3-run shot in as many nights.
Other noteworthy items from the game include the Nationals’ right fielder Adam Dunn’s 1,000th career hit, a single to left field in the 2nd inning.
A particularly odd play occurred in the top of the 5th.Â Nats catcher Josh Bard attempted to score from 2nd base on a single by rookie pitcher Craig Stammen, but he slid around and missed home plate as Met catcher Omir Santos attempted and missed the tag.Â As both players realized there had been no resolution to the play, Bard lunged for the plate as Santos lunged for Bard.Â Bard’s palm hit the dirt next to the plate and while his fingers fought to make the final inch down onto the plate Santos slapped his glove onto Bard’s fingers, tagging him out.
The final odd sequence of the night began in the bottom of the 7th.Â After Sheffield’s homer, Nats reliever Jason Bergmann threw a 79mph breaking ball over the head of batter Fernando Tatis. Home plate umpire Dan Iassogna warned the pitcher and both managers, so it was odd when later in the at bat Bergmann hit Tatis with a pitch but was not ejected from the game.Â He was however removed from the game by his manager.Â In the top of the 8th, when Livan Hernandez hit pinch hitter Jason Maxwell in the knee with a pitch, he was not ejected either.Â So much for warnings.
Now a quick look back at Fernando Martinez’ first night at the plate in the major leagues.
In Martinez’ first at bat, he looked childish striking out swinging on a pitch up and in.
In his second at bat, he looked a little more confident, driving in his first major league run on a fielder’s choice grounder.
By his third at bat, his maturity was beginning to show and he stoically got hit by a pitch.
By his fourth plate appearance, he was clearly a fully formed major league veteran who knew exactly what to do with the stick in his hand, so he struck out on his own.
Box score courtesy Yahoo.com
|C. Guzman ss||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.348|
|N. Johnson 1b||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.329|
|R. Zimmerman 3b||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.339|
|A. Dunn rf||3||1||2||1||1||0||0||.284|
|J. Willingham lf||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.224|
|W. Harris cf||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.265|
|J. Bard c||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.179|
|A. Hernandez 2b||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.280|
|C. Stammen p||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|J. Bergmann p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|K. Wells p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|J. Maxwell ph||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|J. Tavarez p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|A. Pagan cf||4||1||2||0||1||1||0||.296|
|L. Castillo 2b||3||2||1||0||2||0||1||.283|
|D. Wright 3b||5||1||2||0||0||2||3||.349|
|G. Sheffield lf||3||1||2||3||1||0||1||.291|
|J. Reed lf||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.304|
|F. Tatis 1b||3||0||1||1||0||0||1||.278|
|F. Martinez rf||3||0||0||1||0||2||2||.000|
|O. Santos c||4||1||1||0||0||0||5||.268|
|R. Martinez ss||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||.100|
|L. Hernandez p||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.111|
|C. Stammen (L, 0-1)||5.0||7||3||3||2||2||0||5.56|
|L. Hernandez (W, 4-1)||9.0||9||1||1||1||6||1||4.28|
|WP – J Tavarez.|
|HBP – F Martinez (by C Stammen); F Tatis (by J Bergmann); J Maxwell (by L Hernandez).|
|Pitches-strikes – C Stammen 95-57; J Bergmann 31-17; K Wells 5-5; J Tavarez 24-10; L Hernandez 127-83.|
|Ground balls-fly balls – C Stammen 8-5; J Bergmann 1-1; K Wells 2-0; J Tavarez 2-0; L Hernandez 14-6.|
|Batters faced – C Stammen 25; J Bergmann 7; K Wells 2; J Tavarez 5; L Hernandez 34.|
|Umpires: HP–Dan Iassogna. 1B–Sam Holbrook. 2B–Adrian Johnson. 3B–Larry Vanover.
Weather: 56 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 12 mph, in from right.