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Washington Nationals drop 2 of 3 in Citi Field with 4-0 loss to New York Mets in finale...

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The Nationals’ 4-0 loss was their second shutout loss of the series and fifth shutout loss in 19 games this season.

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Patrick Corbin’s struggles continued this afternoon in the series finale in Citi Field, where the 31-year-old southpaw gave up seven hits (two of them home runs), three walks, and a total of four earned runs in a 4-0 loss to the New York Mets.

It’s the second shutout loss of the series and fifth this season. Nats drop 2 of 3 this weekend in the Mets’ home... now off to Toronto (Dunedin, FL).

Corbin vs New York: What was the difference for Patrick Corbin between his first two starts (12 hits, 7 BB, 16 R, 15 ER in 6 13 IP) and his third outing (four hits, 0 BB, 0 ER in 6 IP)? Corbin told reporters after seemingly straightening things out following a brutal couple weeks that he’d returned to the basics between his second and third turns in the rotation.

“Just kind of getting back to myself, simplifying things, using my slider, trying to get out there, have some success, see some results out there,” he said.

“But yeah, I felt good, I felt I kind of got better as the game went on. Felt strong there even late in the game, so that was good to see.

“Just looking forward to being on this routine, getting my legs under me even more, building up that pitch count, and going out there and doing it again.”

Start No. 4 did not go well.

Corbin walked Pete Alonso with one down in the first inning of this afternoon’s series finale with the Mets in Citi Field, and one out later, J.D. Davis hit a 3-1 slider out to left-center for a two-out, two-run home run that put the home team up 2-0 early. Davis’s second of the year and fourth in 27 at bats against Corbin in their respective careers.

Davis lined a 3-2 fastball to right for a leadoff single in the first at bat of the fourth, took third base on an opposite field double by Michael Conforto, and scored on an RBI hit through the left side of the infield by catcher James McCann, 3-0.

One out later, a walk to Albert Almora, Jr. loaded the bases in front of the opposing pitcher, Taijuan Walker, who K’d swinging for out No. 2, and Corbin escaped the jam with backwards K from Brandon Nimmo on a questionable called third strike.

Pete Alonso crushed a 1-0 sinker from Corbin in the first at bat of the fifth, hitting a bomb of a home run onto the batter’s eye in center for his 5th of the season and a 4-0 lead, and a hit by Francisco Lindor in the next at bat ended Corbin’s outing...

Patrick Corbin’s Line: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 Ks, 2 HRs, 79 P, 48 S, 5/1 GO/FO.

Walker vs Washington: After pitching for both the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays in 2020’s 60-game campaign, which he finished up with a 2.70 ERA, a 4.56 FIP, 19 walks, and 50 Ks in 11 starts and 53 13 IP, Taijuan Walker, 28, signed a 2-year/$20M free agent deal with the New York Mets this year.

Through three starts before today the 2010 1st Round pick by the Mariners put up a 3.21 ERA, a 2.74 FIP, 11 walks, and 19 Ks in 14 IP, with the third a rough-ish outing in which he gave up two hits, six walks, and three runs, two earned, before he was lifted after having thrown 91 pitches in 3 23 IP. He was ejected on the way off the mound.

“Honestly, I think I was just frustrated with myself,” Walker told reporters, as quoted by NY Post writer Mike Puma. “Six walks in a start is never good, and after that third inning I just kind of lost the feel for the strike zone and was kind of all over the place.”

Walker worked around three hits over five scoreless this afternoon as the Mets jumped out to a 4-0 lead, completing five on just 64 pitches, with two walks, and three Ks.

Walker walked Yadiel Hernández with one out in the sixth, and hit Trea Turner in the next at bat, putting two on in front of Josh Bell. Walker got a visit from the Mets’ pitching coach as lefty Aaron Loup warmed up, then got an out at second on a Bell grounder, and got out No. 3 with help from a leaping Albert Almora, Jr. who caught a Kyle Schwarber fly to center field before crashing into the fence.

A 13-pitch, 1-2-3 seventh left Walker at 95 pitches overall and ended his outing...

Taijuan Walker’s Line: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 Ks, 95 P, 59 S, 5/4 GO/FO.

Little Things: Josh Harrison singled on the first pitch of the game, but got picked off first base. Yadiel Hernández walked in the next at bat, and a wild pitch followed that could’ve put two runners in scoring position. Victor Robles led off the third with a line drive out to right-center, but he tried to stretch a double into a triple and got thrown out at third base for the first out of what ended up being a scoreless inning. #thelittlethings

Bullpen Action: Austin Voth took over for the Nationals with a man on and no one out in the bottom of the fifth, with the Nationals trailing, 4-0, and gave up a single by J.D. Davis that sent Francisco Lindor (who’d singled off Corbin) to third, and Lindor appeared to score on a sac fly by Michael Conforto, only to have the call at home reversed upon review. Voth got out No. 3 to keep it a 4-0 game in the Mets’ favor.

Voth retired the Mets in order in the sixth to keep it a 4-0 game, and worked around a hit-by-pitch for a scoreless seventh.

Miguel Castro came on for the Mets in the top of the eighth and gave up leadoff and one-out singles by pinch hitter Andrew Stevenson and Yadiel Hernández, respectively in the eighth. A wild pitch with Ryan Zimmerman at the plate moved both runners into scoring position, but Zimmerman K’d looking for out No. 2, and Josh Bell K’d swinging to end the threat.

Tanner Rainey worked around a walk in a 14-pitch bottom of the eighth.

Edwin Díaz wrapped things up with a scoreless ninth for the Mets.

Final Score: 4-0 Mets

Nationals now 8-11