Nationals trailing Mets 2-0 after 3 1/2

Livan Hernandez is three innings into what is likely to be his final start of the season, and there’s been plenty of love for the 36-year-old pitcher so far. He tipped his cap walking to the mound after getting a standing ovation from fans, and got loud reactions after mowing through the Mets in the first two innings. Things have soured for Hernandez in the third, though.

He gave up three hits on three different pitches - a curveball, slider and fastball - in the third. allowing the Mets to take a 2-0 lead on the Nationals, who haven’t been able to do much against Mike Pelfrey so far. Hernandez rebounded for a 1-2-3 third, but the Nationals are in an early hole.

The right-hander has thrown 52 pitches in four innings, 33 of them strikes, and has mostly been sharp other than a few hiccups in the fourth. If he gets a win today, he would even his career record at 175-175. But the Nationals will have to rally for him to end his final start of the year on a good note.