Mets LHP Steven Matz struggled in his second start of the spring on Sunday, allowing five runs on five hits against the Nationals while failing to complete the first inning.
"Even though it's spring training, you want to see results," Matz told reporters afterward. "You don't want hitters to get hits off you. I don't care if it's a live BP or in a game or in the regular season. So it's definitely frustrating."
Matz faced nine batters and recorded just two outs before he was replaced by Corey Taylor.
The 26-year-old Matz allowed an RBI single to Chris Dominguez to put Washington on the board, then Kelvin Gutierrez added a sacrifice fly, Pedro Severino hit an RBI single, and Rafael Bautista drove in Severino with an RBI single to right field.
Matz said after his outing that he feels healthy, but just left the ball up in the zone and hitters took advantage.
"It's key for him to have some success in spring training going into the season," Mets manager Mickey Callaway told reporters. "We're not worried at this time. He'll have some success. He's got good stuff and he'll get through it. Just a little bump in the road right now."
In his first start on Tuesday against the Astros, Matz pitched a scoreless first but allowed five runs in the second and never completed the inning.
Matz is aiming to bounce back in 2018 after enduring an injury-plagued 2017 campaign during which he pitched through injury before undergoing surgery in August to reposition the ulnar nerve in his left elbow. Jacob deGrom, who experienced the same injury in 2016, was able to return in spring training the following season.
In 13 games for the Mets in 2017, Matz went 2-7 with a 6.08 ERA and 1.53 WHIP.