By Mike Steffanos
Mets 4 - Giants 2
Played Thursday, May 31, 2007
For three batters, it looked like the San Francisco Giants had El Duque's number. Two hits and a sacrifice fly made the 41-year-old Cuban look fragile and vulnerable as the Giants jumped out 2-0 on him. By the time the veteran right-hander walked off the field after Bengie Molina's fly out ended the seventh inning it was the Giants' offense that looked fragile, failing to notch another hit against Hernandez. Opposing pitcher Matt Cain was the only Giant to reach base after the first inning, and he was erased on Omar Vizquel's double play ball.
It was another pitching clinic tonight for El Duque. He's not striking out batters at the same one-per-inning pace as last season but they're not reaching base against him, either. As impressive as his 2.20 ERA and 0.89 WHIP are, consider that last night was only the second time in 7 starts that he allowed more than one earned run in a start. He's pitched at least six inning in 6 of 7 starts and has made it through 7 innings four times.
Joe Smith survived a leadoff double by Fred Lewis to pitch a scoreless eighth, and Billy Wagner was untouchable in recording his lucky 13th save.
As they did in San Francisco earlier this month, the Mets jumped on Matt Cain for 4 runs in the first two innings.
|Orlando Hernandez (3-1)|
|TOTAL (7 Games)||45.0||12||11||26||32||14||5||2.20||0.89||5-2|