These are the nights Stephen Strasburg will probably most like to forget. Over the course of what's expected to be an illustrious career filled with jaw-dropping highlights, these won't be the games the Washington Nationals' ace looks back at to remember.

Nights like he had in an 8-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday — four innings, six earned runs, eight hits, one walk — that had a lackluster and forgettable tone set early on. The nights when he's not the dominant force of nature that makes his starts appointment viewing. When he's kicking the dirt on the mound and slamming his right hand into his thigh in frustration as he watches another hit drop or another call go against his wishes.