Old friend Livan Hernandez pitched 8 solid innings against his former team and knocked in a run to lead the Nats to victory over the Mets.  Their record now stands at 11-14.  The bottom of the Nats’ order killed the Mets in this game, as Ian Desmond, Jerry Hairston Jr., and Hernandez (the 6th, 7th, and 9th hitters – none hitting over .220) drove in a run each.

Nice catch, but not enough for the win

The Nationals drew first blood, with Jayson Werth’s 2-out, RBI ground-rule double in the 3rd inning.  However, the Mets struck back by manufacturing a run with David Wright driving in Jose Reyes via groundout.  Unfortunately, Chris Capuano couldn’t navigate the next 2 innings like he did the first 2.  He put the Mets in a 3-1 hole after the 4th inning and got knocked out in the 6th with the Mets trailing, 4-3.

3 Up:

-Ike Davis: Continues his April tear, going 2-4 tonight, scoring a run as well as driving one in.  He is currently batting .352 with 19 RBI’s and has a hitting streak of 10 games.

-Josh Thole: Has struggled at the plate thus far, but collected 3 hits on the night.

-The Bullpen: Tossed 2.1 hitless innings.  Pedro Beato’s ERA currently sits at 0.00.

3 Down:

-Willie Harris: Could he have had a worse night at the plate?  0-4 with 2 strikeouts, including one to end the game.  He also grounded into a double play in the 3rd inning.  He is batting .237 thus far – incredibly, the same as…

-David Wright: Also went 0-4 on the night.  He did get a run home on a groundout, but if your #3 hitter is batting .237, that’s making it very tough on the offense to score runs.

-Capuano: His ERA is now 6.04 and has had only 1 quality start out of his 4 to begin the year.

On Deck: The Mets open a series tomorrow in the friendly confines of Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park.

NYM Pelfrey (1-2, 7.23 ERA) vs. PHI Worley (0-0, 0.00 ERA)