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That gaffe proved costly, because Todd Walker’s two-run single later might never have been possible had Jackson recorded the out earlier in the inning.

“Some weird things happened in that inning,” Day said. “I never really got comfortable out there.”

Things pretty much went downhill for Washington from there. Right fielder Jose Guillen was forced to leave in the fourth inning with a strained right hamstring. His status is day-to-day.

Then in the fifth, Robert Fick — making his first appearance of the season — was sent up to pinch-hit for Day, only to strike out looking at a 1-2 breaking ball from Marshall. He said something to plate umpire Marvin Hudson as he walked back toward the dugout and was immediately ejected.

Perhaps Fick actually had the right idea. Unlike Robinson, he knew this game wasn’t worth watching in person.

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