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Hitting lowlight: It's become a broken record: Every time you think the Nationals' lineup has snapped out of its season-long funk, it puts forth a lifeless display like this. One night after getting shut out by Wily Peralta and the Brewers bullpen, the Nationals were silenced by Lohse, who through six innings had allowed three singles and a walk. Rendon was the only guy to finally get to him, launching a solo homer in the seventh. But at that point, it was way too little and way too late for a Nationals club that is taking this lack-of-offense thing to new extremes. After scoring 23 runs over 17 innings on Sunday and Monday, the Nats have now totaled one run over their last 18 innings.
Pitching lowlight: It's perhaps a bit unfair to be critical of Detwiler, who had almost no margin for error because of his teammates' offensive struggles, and who wasn't helped either by his defense. But the left-hander still hasn't found his groove this season, especially since coming back from his oblique strain. Detwiler was fantastic early on, tossing four scoreless innings and getting three strikeouts on his curveball, something Davey Johnson and Steve McCatty have been encouraging him to throw more regularly early in games. But then things started to fall apart once the Brewers had a chance to see Detwiler more. He allowed three hits in the fifth, including Norichika Aoki's two-run single. And he couldn't overcome Harper's error in the sixth, allowing a two-out, two-run triple to No. 8 hitter Logan Schafer. Detwiler's final line (two earned runs in six innings) didn't look bad at all, but that didn't tell the whole story.
Key stat: Detwiler's ERA in innings 1-3 this year is 2.77. His ERA in innings 4-6 is 5.76.
Up next: The series concludes with what has become an annual tradition here on South Capitol Street: the late-morning Independence Day game. Rookie Taylor Jordan makes his home debut against Milwaukee right-hander Donovan Hand in the rare 11:05 a.m. start.