Livan Hernandez didn’t give the Mets a chance to win the game tonight right off the bat, pun intended, as he allowed six runs in the first three innings and seven runs overall in just five innings pitched. He walked four batters, all of whom scored.
His pitiful performance put the Mets in a seven-run whole through the first five innings before they tagged the Padres starter for all three of their runs in the sixth inning.
The mini-rally started with two walks to Alex Cora and David Wright. Jeff Francoeur singled, and Cora scored on an error by Padres center fielder Tony Gwynn. Fernando Tatis also singled, scoring Wright and advancing Francoeur to third. Daniel Murphy killed the rally by grounding into a double play, but Francoeur scored on the play.
That would be it for the offense, despite a couple of hits here and there. The Padres scored their final run, an unearned one, in the seventh inning, thanks to what should’ve been scored an error by Murphy but was called a hit.
I don’t know about you, but I’m sick and tired of Hernandez putting the Mets in a hole before they can get their offense going. Unfortunately, the Mets don’t have many options right now. The Mets have announced that Bobby Parnell will indeed make his first start on Saturday. Mike Pelfrey, who was supposed to have pitched then, will take the mound on Monday. It’ll be interesting, and dare I say fun, to see how well Parnell pitches on Saturday.