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Hitting lowlight: Facing a guy making his first big-league start of the season and only the seventh big-league start of his career, the Nationals put forth another feeble performance at the plate. They put only four men in scoring position, all of them in the game's first three innings, and couldn't drive any of them in. They never really threatened again against Mejia and the Mets bullpen. So much for any carryover effect from yesterday's 9-run outburst against the Pirates.
Pitching lowlight: What's going on with Zimmermann? He just hasn't been the same pitcher for a while now. After opening the season 8-2 with a 1.71 ERA in his first 10 starts, he's now 4-4 with a 4.81 ERA over his last 11 starts, a significant regression. The Mets hit the right-hander hard this afternoon, especially Murphy. The New York second baseman crushed a pair of hanging sliders from Zimmermann for home runs, including a laser beam off the facade of the second deck in deep right-center. Zimmermann's command was off all afternoon, leading to an uncharacteristic 118 pitches over 6 2/3 innings.
Key stat: Over his last 22 games, Adam LaRoche is hitting .185 with a .264 on-base percentage and .370 slugging percentage.
Up next: These two teams will be right back out there for the nightcap of today's doubleheader, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Ross Ohlendorf comes out of the bullpen to start for the Nationals. All-Star starter Matt Harvey takes the mound for the Mets.