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06/23/07 1:01 AM ET

Zimmerman loses ball in shirt

Nats third baseman involved in strange play

WASHINGTON -- Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was involved in one of the weirdest plays of the 2007 season and it most likely will be seen on a blooper highlight show for years to come.

In the second inning, with a runner on first base, two outs and left-hander Micah Bowie on the mound, Indians right fielder Franklin Gutierrez hit a sharp ground ball to Zimmerman, who tried to field the ball to his left, but it went inside his uniform top instead, and he couldn't make a play. Official scorer David Vincent gave Gutierrez a base hit.

"My honest reaction was, 'Here we go,'" Bowie said. "When something like that happens, the next guy usually gets a bloop hit and, all of a sudden, they get a big rally out of it."

The Nationals didn't get hurt because of the play, since Fausto Carmona struck out to end the inning.

"It didn't affect us, so it was no big deal," Bowie said. "I've never seen that before. You see a batter get hit and the ball goes in the shirt, but not a ground ball to the third baseman. It just took a bad hop and it jumped in there. I was thankful it didn't get through because it put runners on first and second instead of first and third."

Zimmerman actually thought he could still get Gutierrez at first base. He was seen trying to get the ball out of the shirt to no avail.

"I was more upset that I didn't get the guy out, but its kind of funny," Zimmerman said. "I don't know how it got in there. It got in there somehow. I tried to get it out real quick and then I realized I had no chance."

Zimmerman realizes he'll live for eternity on a blooper reel.

"Yeah, that's fine," he said.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.