The Washington Times - May 8, 2009, 02:57AM

What a day. I mean, really, what a day. To recap…

Manny Ramirez was suspended 50 games for violating MLB’s drug program, a crushing blow to a Dodgers team that was flying high. The ensuing circus at Dodger Stadium this afternoon was unlike almost anything I’ve encountered in nine years covering professional sports. The Nationals had a front-row seat to it all, and by day’s end, they were happy to have only had to watch it from the sideline, not be a part of it.

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“Thank god,” Adam Dunn said. “That kind of stuff is such a distraction. They can say it’s not all they want. But with media from all over the country talking about it, it’s definitely a distraction. I’m really glad I’m not a part of that. That would suck.”

As if this day wasn’t tough enough for the Dodgers and their fans, throw in a complete collapse against the Nats, and wow, unhappy times in La-La Land.

Washington was down 6-0 after one inning in this game. Jordan Zimmermann looked anything like a future stud. This one was over.

Except it wasn’t. Despite still trailing 6-0 in the sixth, the Nationals came back in stunning fashion. They scored one in the sixth, three in the seventh, six in the eighth and then one more in the ninth and somehow emerged with an 11-9 victory.

Amazingly, they never thought a comeback was out of the question.

“Our offense is good enough to where we never feel like we’re out of a game,” Dunn said. “Six runs? We’ll take our chances.”

A major assist also goes to Zimmermann, who bounced back from that horrible first inning to toss five scoreless innings after that and give his team a chance to come back.

“It was special what he did today,” Manny Acta said. “The fact that he went out there after that and gave us five shutout innings, it just says a lot about this kid.”

Oh, and lest anyone forget, Ryan Zimmerman singled in the first and went 2-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 25 games, tops in the majors this season and tied for the longest streak in the big leagues last season.

All just a typical day in NatsTown. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow has in store.