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8/20/07 "Guess What?...The Alamo Was Built Without A Basement." -Pee Wee Herman

     Tim Redding's got some history with Houston, his opponent tonight, as Redding's Washington Nationals visit the Astros in Minute Maid Park, in sunny Houston, Texas. Redding was drafted by the Astros in the 20th Round of the 1997 Amateur Draft and played four seasons in Houston from 2001-2004 during which time he amassed a (21-28) record before being traded to San Diego and then moving New York, with a stop in Chicago for the White Sox and finally DC this season.
     Redding's opponent on the mound, Jason Jennings, gives up a double to Ronnie Belliard with one out in the first frame. Jennings gets Zimmerman swinging through an outside fastball, and Dmitri Young flies to to center stranding at Belliard at second for a scoreless top of the first.
     Wily MO MO MO MO MO!!! Left-field is downright silly in Minute Maid Park, but no wall is holding the one Wily Mo Pena gets a hold of with two outs in the second. Pena takes a fastball to left and off the wall below the train tracks quicker than Jennings can turn to look for a new ball. 1-0 Nationals after one and a half.
      Felipe Lopez steals second with Ryan Zimmerman at bat and two out in the Nationals third. Jason Jennings walks Zimmerman, to bring up DY. DY GOES DEEP!!! Dmirti Young tucks a hooking liner inside the right field fair pole, and then tucks the arm in tight to his shoulder as he rounds the bases with a three-run blast. 4-0 Nationals. Jennings walks Austin Kearns. Ryan Church pulls a hanging slider down the right field line, and off the wall for an RBI double and a 5-0 Nationals lead. Wily Mo Pena lines the first pitch for a single to left center to score Church. 6-0 Nationals.
     Redding comes back after a long rest and completes his third scoreless. Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee line back to back singles to start the fourth inning. Luke Scott stares at a full count fastball down the pipe. Ty Wiggington chases a cut fastball that falls out of the zone for a swinging strike three. Jason Lane pops out to DY foul of first. 6-0 Nationals after four.
     Dmitri Young singles to left to start the fifth and moves to third when Austin Kearns gets the second straight hit off the Astros flame-throwing reliever Juan Gutierrez. Church swings through a low two-strike curve for the first out. Wily Mo gets the intentionals. Brian Schneider backs Carlos Lee up to the warning track for a sac fly to score DY. 7-0 Nationals.
     Tim Redding gives up singles to Eric Munson and pinch hitter Orlando Palmeiro in the bottom of the fifth to put men on first and third with no outs. Redding gets Craig Biggio to pop out to foul territory in right, short enough that Munson won't test Kearns' arm. Mark Loretta grounds an 0-1 pitch into an inning-ending double play for Redding's fifth scoreless frame.
     Lance Berkman reaches on a throwing error from Ronnie Belliard to first. El Caballo, Carlos Lee hits a hard grounder to second allowing Felipe Lopez to field it, step on the bag, and throw to first for an easy DP. Tim Redding issues a two-out walk to Luke Scott, but gets Ty Wiggington to fly out to Church in center, for a sixth scoreless. 7-0 Nationals lead.
     Austin Kearns and Ryan Church hit back to back singles off Astros righty Brian Moehler in the seventh. Wily Mo and Brian Schneider fly out to center, bringing up Redding, who has as many hits after three at bats as runs he's given up through six. 7-0 Nationals after six and a half. Stand up and stretch...
     Redding retires the Astros in order for his seventh scoreless inning of work. After the Nationals fail to add to their lead in the top of the eigth, Jesus "Everyday" Colome takes over for Tim Redding on the mound. Redding goes 7.0 IP, allows 0 runs, 6 hits, 3 walks, gets 2 K's, and a 2.53 ERA to end the evening. Colome gives up a one-out walk to Mark Loretta, and a single to center for Berkman. El Caballo pops out to short. Luke Scott hits a long third out to center where Nook Logan closes the glove on the eigth.
     Jesus Colome comes back and record his second scoreless to hold the shutout for the Nationals and the win for Redding who improves to (3-3, 2.53 ERA). Nationals win 7-0. Second of four tomorrow night.

Joel Hanrahan (2-1, 2.95) vs Wandy Rodriguez (7-11, 4.31)

Nationals now 56-69.