The Washington Times - May 26, 2009, 08:53PM

It feels like a long time ago that Livan Hernandez was anchoring the Nationals’ pitching staff. It’s been nearly three years since Livo was traded, and countless pitchers have come through Washington since.

Hernandez, though, still can pitch, and he’s showing it tonight against his former team. Through six innings, the big right-hander has scattered six hits without allowing a run. And knowing his workhorse mentality, I wouldn’t imagine he’ll be departing this game anytime soon.

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On the other side, rookie Craig Stammen managed to settle down and keep the Mets from adding to their three-run lead. But his pitch count was up to 95 after only five innings, so he was pulled in favor of Jason Bergmann. Stammen’s final line: 5 ip, 7 h, 3 er, 2 bb, 2 k, 1 hbp. Not great, not horrible.

But unless the Nats can get their offense going — they still trail 3-0 — the rookie is going to suffer his first loss.