Not only did Livan Hernandez shut out the Braves for eight innings last night, he went 2-for-4 with a double and a homer at the plate in an 6-0 victory.
Hernandez now has 10 career homers, which ranks third among all active pitchers:
Carlos Zambrano 650 21
Mike Hampton 845 16
LIVAN HERNANDEZ 1042 10
Micah Owings 198 9
Yovani Gallardo 181 8
Dontrelle Willis 413 8
Hernandez has more plate appearances than everyone else on that list, so it’s not quite an apples-to-apples comparison. For instance, Hernandez ranks just 10th in OPS among active pitchers with at least 150 plate appearances:
Micah Owings 198 .861
Yovani Gallardo 181 .690
Mike Hampton 845 .650
Carlos Zambrano 650 .637
Dontrelle Willis 413 .634
Adam Wainwright 331 .588
Dan Haren 287 .580
Russ Ortiz 608 .549
Darren Oliver 243 .543
LIVAN HERNANDEZ 1042 .532
On the other hand, Hernandez is the active hit king among pitchers with 204 and no one else is within 25 hits.
The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.
After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.
Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.