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Through five

So Joel Hanrahan's slugging percentage for his career is now 1.167. Perhaps he should hit fifth?

Hanrahan has labored on the mound in this, his third major league start. He's thrown 80-something pitches through five innings, but the lame Giants have just one run. They have had a runner on base in every single inning, and they have had a runner in scoring position in four of the five innings. Yet they have just the one run.

Hanrahan, who tripled in his major league debut against the Mets and then doubled in his second start against the Cardinals, hit a one-out double off someone named Pat Misch, the Giants' starter, in the fifth. Felipe Lopez followed with his second homer of the series and eighth of the year, adn the Nationals have a 3-1 lead (though they, too, have wasted chances, particularly scoring only one run in a bases loaded, no-out situation in the fourth.)

Robert Fick has left the game. He started in left field, went 0 for 2, butchered a ball into a double by allowing Lopez to try to catch it over his head. Not sure if he's hurt or if Acta just replaced him with Ryan Langerhans -- a rare defensive replacement in the fifth inning, perhaps?

Also: Ross Detwiler's first start tonight for Class A Potomac, which is playing at Fredrick.

Also: Shawn Hill's start at Columbus will be followed with one for Washington on Tuesday against the Phillies, according to GM Jim Bowden.

Also: Sounds like at the current point in time the Nationals aren't close to signing either of their remaining high draft picks, high school pitchers Josh Smoker and Jack McGeary. There is less than a week to go before the Aug. 15 deadline, and all of this stuff is going to come to a head -- with lots and lots of different teams, as even overall No. 1 David Price of Tampa and four of the top five picks overall havne't signed -- in the next few days. I would guess you'll see a flurry of signings, and my money still says taht Smoker signs but McGeary doesn't. Just a guess.

Also: Tony Batista has two hits.

Get home from work and catch the rest of the game. I'll be eating here tonight.

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 9, 2007; 5:09 PM ET
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