The Nationals lost to the New York Mets, 6-1, Wednesday to drop their record to 19-30.
Consider these news pieces and notes as Washington limps through its four-game series in New York:
'Mad Max' was in full effect Wednesday night, doing what he does. Max Scherzer pitched six scoreless innings of four-hit baseball while issuing two walks and striking out nine Mets. 73 of his 109 pitches were thrown for strikes. His 11-pitch 6th inning put the bullpen in a position for success. But, if you've been watching this team this season, you know what that means.
Adam Eaton's first base hit of the series came in the form of a first-inning dinger off Jacob deGrom. That's the only run that would come across the plate for Washington Wednesday night.
For once, it wasn't Sean Doolittle's night. The closer surrendered a bases-clearing double to Juan Lagares in the 8th and the Mets never looked back notching six unanswered runs late.
Jacob deGrom was once again in elite form going head-to-head against Scherzer. New York's ace threw six innings of two-hit baseball while only allowing one run (Eaton's solo shot) and walking three Nats. 63 of his 103 pitches were thrown for strikes and he struck out eight batters.
Offensive production didn't come until the 11th hour for New York. The Juan Lagares double and Rajai Davis 3-run home run combined to tally six runs in the 8th leading the Mets to their 23rd win of the year.
SP Jeremy Hellickson: hamstring, expected to be out until at least May 31
RP Justin Miller: shoulder, expected to be out until at least May 31
SP Anibal Sanchez: hamstring, expected to be out until at least May 27
OF Andrew Stevenson: back, expected to be out until at least May 24
1B Ryan Zimmerman: foot, expected to be out until at least May 23
RP Koda Glover: elbow, expected to be out until at least May 25
RP Trevor Rosenthal: viral infection, Expected to be out until at least May 21
RP Austen Williams: shoulder, expected to be out until at least Jun 13
Thursday, 5/23: Nationals @ Mets, 12:10 p.m. ET, Citi Field
Friday, 5/24: Marlins @ Nationals, 7:05 p.m. ET, Nationals Park
Saturday, 5/25: Marlins @ Nationals, 4:05 p.m. ET, Nationals Park
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