July 18, 2007

El Duque Shuts Padres Down

At Rotoworld they write about Orlando Hernandez and his outstanding pitching last night:

Orlando Hernandez did a bit of everything Tuesday to help the Mets embarrass the Padres 7-0.

El Duque not only hurled seven innings of two-hit shutout to improve to 6-4 and lower his ERA to a sparkling 2.96, but he singled, stole a base and scored a run. With his theft, Hernandez became the first pitcher since Tom Seaver in 1967 to steal bases in consecutive starts. He struck out four and walked two -- one intentionally -- and combined with relievers Pedro Feliciano and Guillermo Mota on a three-hitter. The NL East-leading Mets, winners of four of their past six, were paced offensively by Carlos Delgado and Paul Lo Duca, each of whom drove in a pair.

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