The Mets left three runners stranded on third base and starter Livan Hernandez lasted just four innings Tuesday night as the Arizona Diamondbacks topped New York 6-2 at Chase Field.
Cory Sullivan, in his first stint as the Mets’ leadoff hitter, doubled to begin the game but the Mets couldn’t bring him home. The Mets stranded Jeremy Reed at second in the fourth, Jeff Francoeur at third in the sixth, Brian Schneider at third in the seventh, and Reed at second in the ninth.
Hernandez lost his no-hitter right away on a Stephen Drew leadoff double, marking the 150th time in 7,595 games that a leadoff double has killed a potential Mets’ no-no. (Visit our No-hitters killed by first at bat page for a rundown on all the early no-no losses.)
Drew scored on an Alex Cora error, and Hernandez left after four innings charged with five earned runs on six hits and three walks.
Jeff Francoeur had a big night with a homer and a triple, and he would have added a double in the eighth if it wasn’t for a diving catch by D-Backs rookie Trent Oeltjen.
Oeltjen came even closer to the cycle, stepping up to the plate in the eighth with a single, double and triple on the scorecard. He singled up the middle to complete a 4-for-4 night.