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Hitting lowlight: Unless your name is Jayson Werth, you really couldn't be part of any highlight tonight. Werth belted a two-run homer in the fourth and singled in the seventh. That represented nearly one-half of the Nationals' offensive output tonight. They scored their other run on a fielder's choice. They didn't even give themselves chances to produce in the clutch, with only one at-bat through eight innings with a man in scoring position. They did get three more cracks in the ninth, loading the bases against Kimbrel, but failed to deliver. So for the series, they wound up 1-for-19 with runners in scoring position.
Pitching lowlight: Is something physically wrong with Jordan Zimmermann? The right-hander has insisted for several weeks that his lingering neck strain wasn't a problem anymore. But his recent performances, not to mention Davey Johnson's surprisingly quick hook of him after four innings tonight, suggests all may not be right. Zimmermann allowed only two runs but gave up seven hits while walking two. He needed a whopping 88 pitches to complete his four innings and never looked fully comfortable out there. Over his last seven starts, Zimmermann now sports a 5.60 ERA and 1.624 WHIP, averaging barely more than five innings per outing. That's not a particularly encouraging trend.
Key stat: Fernando Abad has been partially responsible for 10 runs scoring during his last 10 appearances: five runs charged to him, plus five other inherited runners who scored while he was on the mound.
Up next: The Nationals will take Thursday off to recollect their thoughts, then return Friday night for the start of a weekend series with the badly struggling Phillies. Dan Haren faces our old pal John Lannan at 7:05 p.m.