Wacky 5-3-6 double play unconventional yet effective

The Nats just turned one of the most unconventional double plays I’ve ever seen. How about a 5-3-6 twin-killing?

With Florida’s Hanley Ramirez on first after leading off the sixth inning with a single, Dan Uggla hit a hard chopper that third baseman Ryan Zimmerman tried to short hop. Zimmerman couldn’t make a clean pick and the ball squirted into the air, where he barehanded it and threw to first to get Uggla.

Ramirez, who was running on Jason Marquis’ pitch, kept chugging toward third base, uncovered because Zimmerman had charged the ball. But shortstop Ian Desmond beat Ramirez to third base and first baseman Adam Dunn made an accurate throw, Desmond slapping a tag on Ramirez.