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Two weird moments in Philly ...

... and, believe it or not, neither involved vomit.

Twice Saturday night in the Nationals' 5-2 loss to the Phillies, the game was delayed for an unusual reason. The first came in the seventh inning, when Danny Espinosa swung through an outside changeup from Chad Durbin on 0-2. Rather than going back to the bench, Espinosa lingered by the batter's box. Home plate umpire Angel Hernandez informed he could no longer hit.

Espinosa did a double take and said, "That's three?" He had thought the count was 1-1, not 0-2.

Between the second and third strikes, Durbin had twice made pickoff throws to first base. Before the next pitch, Espinosa wanted to clarify what the count was. He heard 1-1. Hernandez told Jim Riggleman he never said that.

"He had said to Angel something about, 'What's the count?' " Riggleman said. "He misunderstood Angel. He thought Angel said it's 1-1. Angel said he never said that. The count was 0-2 when he thought it was 1-1."

In the bottom of the inning, another delay struck. With Tyler Clippard on the mound, Hernandez called time. Two umpires huddled, then conferenced with a man on a cell phone. No one really had an idea of what was going on.

It turned out a fan in center field was shining a laser pointer, or a similar device, toward the field and distracting batters. The game resumed after about five minutes.

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 18, 2010; 11:30 PM ET
 
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Thanks, Adam, for giving us this kind of insight after you've done the game story. Extra effort should be rewarded.

Posted by: JohnRDC | September 19, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

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