Livan Hernandez is dealing his usual slow-slower-slowest assortment of pitches that test the lowest reaches of radar gun readings, and by getting through the fourth inning against the Marlins, the right-hander has etched his name into baseball’s record books.
Hernandez has now pitched 3,000 2/3 innings and became the 108th major leaguer since 1900 to reach 3,000 innings when he got Omar Infante to bounce out to shortstop Alex Cora for the first out of the fourth inning. The only other active member of the club is Boston knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.
The lone hit for the Marlins was by pitcher Anibal Sanchez, who took a no-hitter against the Nationals into the seventh inning Sunday in Miami. Sanchez broke up Hernandez’s no-hit bid with a clean single to center with two down in the third, his first hit of the season. Hernandez has walked one and struck out three.
The Marlins and Nats are scoreless heading to the fifth.