Washington Nationals Rapid Reaction: Nats Can’t Win If They Score Zero Runs

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Jun 12, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s hoping Nats fans enjoyed Tuesday’s sixteen run output from the Washington Nationals offense. They probably used up their allotment of runs for the rest of the month.

Wednesday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays was as different as night and day from Tuesday night’s game against the same team. Tuesday night, they had 16 runs on 23 hits. Last night, they scored no runs and only had two hits.

Jordan Zimmerman pitched well against the Rays. He gave up three runs on eight hits in seven innings of work and struck out eight batters in the loss. Honestly, it should have only been two runs because one of those runs scored on an error by Ian Desmond on a potential double play. Zimmermann bounced back from his rough start last outing against Milwaukee and looked much more like what one usually sees during a Zimmerman pitching performance.

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However, Zimmermann could have been pitching a no hitter tonight and it wouldn’t have mattered with the lack of run support the Nats provided to him. The Nationals wasted a good outing from Zimmerman in the loss, which they have done often this season from some of their starting pitchers.

The Nationals were in danger of being no hit until Bryce Harper finally singled in the fourth inning. The Nats only managed to get two hits all night against the combined efforts of five Rays pitchers.

Before Doug Fister takes the mound tonight against Chris Archer, let’s look at some of my takeaways from last night’s game:

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