The Washington Times - April 28, 2011, 10:08AM

As despondent and disappointed as the Nationals may be after a night where they not only dropped their third straight game and series, but did so in a ninth-inning meltdown that produced a clubhouse silenced by the circumstances after the game, the good news is, there’s always another day.

The Nationals don’t have to wait long before getting a chance to make their latest three-game losing skid a thing of the past and halt it before it gets to four.


They’ll get that opportunity tonight when right-hander Livan Hernandez takes the mound against Mets’ left-hander Chris Capuano. 

Hernandez was named yesterday as the target of a federal money laundering probe that involves a convicted Puerto Rican drug kingpin, but while the Nationals, MLB and, presumably, Hernandez cooperate with federal investigators, Hernandez will remain ready and able to pitch for the Nationals. 

Capuano, who got the win against the Nationals the last time they met despite allowing four earned runs over six innings, is 2-1 on the season with a 5.95 ERA.

Here’s how the Nationals have done against Capuano in the past:

Danny Espinosa: 1-for-3 (.333), 1 HR, 3 RBI, .333 OBP, 1.333 SLG, 2 K

Rick Ankiel: 1-for-6 (.167), 2 K

Jayson Werth: 1-for-7 (.143), 1 BB, .250 OBP, 5 K

Adam LaRoche: 2-for-7 (.286), 3 K

Wilson Ramos: 2-for-3 (.667), 1 2B, .667 OBP, 1.000 SLG, 1 K

Michael Morse: 0-for-2, 1 K

Ian Desmond: 1-for-3 (.333), 1 HR, 1 RBI, .333 OBP, 1.333 SLG, 1 K

Jerry Hairston Jr.: 4-for-17 (.235), 1 HR, 1 RBI, .235 OBP, .412 SLG, 3 K

Livan Hernandez: Never faced


Alex Cora: 0-for-1

Brian Bixler: Never faced

Roger Bernadina: Never faced

Laynce Nix: Never faced

Ivan Rodriguez: Never faced

Matt Stairs: Never faced