Throwing Livan Hernandez on the mound is almost an automatic loss these days, and tonight was no different. He lasted just four innings, allowing five runs on six hits and three walks. The second inning was the only inning when Hernandez didn’t get scored on.
Once again, the Mets scored only two runs, one of them coming off of Jeff Francoeur’s team-tying 10th home run of the season. The other run came in the fourth inning when Fernando Tatis got it started with a leadoff single. Daniel Murphy and Francoeur flied out and struck out, respectively. Jeremy Reed singled, advancing Tatis to second. Alex Cora hit another single, scoring Tatis, before Brian Schneider struck out. The Mets had eight hits but a lot of them seemed to come with two outs, not providing many opportunities for rallies.
The lack of Mets offense wasn’t the only problem – once again. A day after Jerry Manuel called out his players for terrible play, the Mets committed two more errors. One was charged to Cora on a tough, hard-hit ball. Luis Castillo was tagged with the other when he threw a ball flat-footed to first and Murphy couldn’t handle it. That error led to a run.
The Mets lost their 10th game out of their last 13. They fell another game behind in the division as the Phillies and Marlins won in extra innings and the Braves walloped the Nats 8-1.
Oliver Perez tries to build on his last strong outing as he takes the mound Wednesday afternoon for a 3:40 p.m. game. Manuel said David Wright and Gary Sheffield should be back in the lineup. It’ll be interesting to see if Manuel gives Castillo the day off after his lackadaisical play tonight, which included two strikeouts and an 0-for-4 night at the plate.