Nook gets five hits; Nats reach fourth place with 11-6 victory in Houston

Washington 11 HOUSTON 6 (CBS Sportsline Boxscore)

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Minute Maid Park proved yet again that it is a joke of a park with its silly dimesions. Thankfully, the Nationals are the ones laughing and nobody would be lauging harder than Nook Logan, the slap-hitting outfielder that is seemingly always one bad day from being DFA’ed. Last night, he became the first National to get five hits in a game (Nationals Journal), going 5 for 6 and raising his average to .287! Giving up hitting from the left side has paid dividends.

Ryan Zimmerman
also had a good night, going 3 fo 5 with everything but a double. His RBI triple in the 4th went to the deepest part of the park (around that stupid hill) and would have been a homer anywhere else. He got a cheap home run later in the game and finished with 4 RBI and 2 runs.

Joel Hanrahan pitched five innings and gave up three runs to earn the victory. Wandy Rodriguez, who had an unreal under 2 ERA at Minute Maid Park got lit up for 7 runs over 5 1/3 innings. The Nats continued to score on the Astros bullpen as well.

The acquisition of Wily Mo Peña means less playing time for Ryan Church. Also, the player to be named later in the Peña trade has been named (The Wash. Times):

the Nationals acquired minor leaguer Chris Carter from the Diamondbacks and sent right-handed pitcher Emiliano Fruto to Arizona. Carter then was shipped to the Red Sox as the player to be named to finish the trade, which began Aug. 17.

Also, moron more on the failed proposal (The Houston Chronicle) at Monday night’s game. Let this be a lesson to all of you gentlemen out there who think this is a good idea. It sounds like the Astros won’t release the video, so good for them, bad for YouTube.

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