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I just thought he was way too pumped up for this game, Nationals manager Manny Acta said of his starter. To me, he wasnt pitching the way he usually pitches. It was max effort, trying to throw way too many fastballs, every one of them the same velocity, 86 miles an hour.

The only question was whether he had the ability to get under one of those pitches, drive it out of the park and seal his place in the record books.

Before long, that question was answered as definitively as a Barry Bonds home run into the night sky.