The Mets beat the Nationals, 6-1, behind an amazing outing by Livan Hernandez, who threw a season high 127 pitches, with six strikeouts. The one run was off a homer by Adam Dunn.
Hernandez is the first Mets pitcher to throw a complete since Johan Santana did it in the last weekend of last season. It was a welcome sight for the Mets bullpen, who were able to rest their arms for a night.
On a day where two of the starters, Ryan Church and Jose Reyes, were placed on the disabled list, the Mets had plenty of offense helped by Gary Sheffield’s second three-run home run, without video replay, in as many games.
Also, in this game, top prospect Fernando Martinez made his Major League debut. Although he was 0-for-3 at the plate, including two strikeouts, he did drive in his first RBI. His outfield play was solid.
David Wright continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-5. Angel Pagan also contributed two hits in the leadoff spot.