Washington Nationals Rapid Reaction: Double Plays Doom Nats Offense In Loss To Marlins

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Jul 28, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman (11) tosses hit bat after drawing a walk during the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

It was an exciting day off the field yesterday for the Washington Nationals as they acquired Phillies’ closer Jonathan Papelbon to help their bullpen. On the field, the Nationals were able to get Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman back into the lineup as the team starts to get healthier by the day.

However, Washington had to go up against Jose Fernandez, who was 14-0 at home coming into last night’s start. Fernandez did not have his best command as he walked four batters, but he gave up only one run on four hits in six innings of work to get the victory.

Jordan Zimmermann, on the other side, kept Miami off the board for the first four innings, but the Marlins’ offense, even without Giancarlo Stanton in the lineup, scored a run in the fifth, two runs in the sixth, and a run in the seventh to win the game. Zimmermann went six innings, gave up three runs on eight hits, struck out two, and walked two in the loss.

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Dee Gordon was back in the leadoff spot for Dan Jennings’ club and went 2-for-3 with a run scored. With the loss last night to Miami, not only are the Nats 0-4 at Marlins Park this season and 2-5 against Miami, but they now find themselves just one game ahead of the New York Mets in the NL East. Since the All-Star Break, Washington has lost seven of 11 games.

Before Doug Fister takes on Tom Koehler in tonight’s game (7:05 PM ET, MASN2), let’s take a look back at some of my takeaways from last night’s 4-1 Nationals loss to the Marlins:

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