Livo throws plenty of pitches on rainy night

Right-hander Livan Hernandez did the unthinkable on Friday night during the Nationals’ 8-4 victory over the Phillies. He threw over 300 pitches and most of them didn’t come during game.

Before the game started, Hernandez threw 85 pitches in the bullpen. He then went on the mound and threw nine pitches against Philadelphia before the game was delayed for two hours and 22 minutes because of rain. During the delay, Hernandez went in the batting cage and threw close to 180 pitches.

After the game resumed, Hernandez went back on the mound and pitched four innings, allowing four runs on seven hits. He threw 59 pitches in the game. The four runs were scored in the third inning.

“The most important thing is that I feel good,” Hernandez said. “If I don’t feel good, I would go and tell Cat [pitching coach Steve McCatty] and [manager Davey] Johnson. During the [rain delay] I warmed up in the cage every 15 minutes and was ready for the game.

“It’s crazy, but I feel really good. I wanted to be there. Johnson talked to me after the four runs. The Phillies had a good plan after they had their first at-bat. They started hitting the slider. After that, Johnson told me, ‘That’s it. Your done.’ I said, “Let me go back. I feel really good. We talked and we have good communication. I said, ‘Hey, I’m not going to lie to you. I feel good and they gave me a chance.”

After Hernandez left the game, Washington’s relievers — Tom Gorzelanny, Sean Burnett and Todd Coffey — blanked Philadelphia the next five innings and allowed one hit.

“I see these guys do a great job for the bullpen. One hit. It’s great. Gorzelanny, Burnett and Coffey. It’s amazing,” Hernandez said.

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I’ll tell you: Livo has a strong arm.

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