Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Livan' The Dream

Even as sporadic and mundane as our offense has become over the past 10 days, you gotta give props to former Nats starting pitcher Livan Hernandez, who tossed a masterful complete game against the Nats last night at a drizzly, chilly Citi Field in New York.

Livan showcased all the necessary tools of a 30-something veteran pitcher - mixing speeds beautifully, forcing ground ball outs (including at least 3 double plays), limiting his pitch count early in the game, and attacking our weak bats while tempting our stronger hitters. Hernandez's only real mistake cost him the shutout, a towering, opposite field HR to Adam Dunn in the 7th inning.

The question is: If Livan Hernandez can so successfully quiet a surprisingly strong Nationals lineup, what is Johan Santana gonna whip out tonight?! As Deacon Drake earlier referenced, will he flirt with a no-hitter? Tune in tonight on local access channel 47 to find out! (subject to blackout)

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