May 26, 2010, 6:05 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Livan Hernandez gets some counsel from Wil Nieves and Steve McCatty.
SAN FRANCISCO — Livan Hernandez stood at his locker in the visitors clubhouse at AT&T Park, a quizzical look on his face as he tried to explain the five-batter sequence that cost him and the Nationals tonight's ballgame.
"I still can't believe I lose that game with two outs," he said. "It's unbelievable."
Considering how well Hernandez pitched against the Giants every other moment he was on the mound, it is pretty unbelievable he wound up on the wrong end of a 4-2 decision. But that's what happens when you regularly play low-scoring, tight ballgames like the Nats do. The margin for error is razor-thin, and tonight Livo was the one left bleeding to death.
The situation: Bottom of the fifth, scoreless game, two outs and an 0-2 count on Giants starter Todd Wellemeyer. A pitcher couldn't conjure up a more-advantageous scenario, facing an opponent whose owns a career .135 batting average and zero extra-base hits.
"I have a lot of holes," Wellemeyer told reporters inside the Giants clubhouse.
So how exactly did the San Francisco right-hander manage to loft a base hit to right on Hernandez's 0-2 offering?
"I was looking outside," Wellemeyer said. "He threw it out there and I got a little duck fart over the first baseman's head."
Little did any of the 27,981 inside the ballpark realize Wellemeyer's, uh, "duck fart" would turn this game upside-down. Andres Torres followed with a single to center. Edgar Renteria followed by taking another down-and-away pitch to left for an RBI single. Freddy SanchezRead more »
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