Livan Hernandez's high pitch count not a major concern
Among the first questions for Manager Jim Riggleman after a 6-3 victory over Atlanta tonight at Nationals Park had to do with Livan Hernandez's high pitch count.
Riggleman didn't seem particularly bothered Hernandez threw 123 pitches, including 41 in the first inning. The important number was Hernandez's fourth victory in five decisions that improved the Nationals to 14-12, one game out of first place in the NL East.
Hernandez worked 5 1/3 innings and gave up five hits, two runs -- one earned -- and walked five. He threw 71 pitches for strikes.
"Yeah, he was using up a lot of pitches, but Livan pitches like that," Riggleman said. "It's how he wants to approach a hitter, maybe somebody he wants to pitch around and go get the next guy, tries to find out what's working in and out and was just missing a little bit tonight. It caused the pitch count to go up.
"We made things a little tough for him in the first inning. We put him in a situation where he had to throw a few more than we would have liked. He rebounded though. He's the one guy on the staff that I'm not too concerned about the pitch count. Believe it or not he barely broke a sweat in that, whatever it was, 200 pitches he threw there."
May 4, 2010; 11:10 PM ET
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