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Ryan Zimmerman is thrown out trying to steal second base in the crucial eighth inning.
"Well," the 69-year-old manager said, "that was a weird one."
Weird, because the Nationals scored two quick runs in the bottom of the first, then were shut out the rest of the night by an assortment of unheralded Phillies pitchers. Weird, because Edwin Jackson served up three homers and put 12 men on base, yet managed to keep his team in the game. And weird because the two most critical moments of the evening involved two Nationals not known for their baserunning skills getting thrown out trying to snag an extra base.
Put that all together and by night's end you had a 3-2 loss that left a surprisingly small crowd of 23,777 scratching its collective head.