The announced crowd at Houston’s Minute Maid Park on Wednesday night was 25,172. Almost everyone, it seemed, was there to see the Nationals’ Anthony Rendon.

To end his first trip home as a major leaguer, Rendon went 4 for 5 with a home run, two doubles and three RBI. Along with [Jordan] Zimmermann’s 6 1/3 scoreless innings, Rendon lifted the Nationals’ depleted-yet-destructive lineup to a two-game series sweep. A couple hundred family members, friends and former teammates watched from the stands, too many for Rendon to provide an exact number.
“Rice education doesn’t let me count that high,” he said, grinning.

Rendon’s supporters, most of them seated in a section along the third base line, were impossible to miss the last two nights.

On Wednesday, you could hear them cheer after each of Rendon’s four hits, and they got good use out of their sign. Rendon declined to reveal the Spanish nickname he heard his former Rice teammates shouting and I couldn’t make it out. Little help, former Owls?

I really hope the Detroit Tigers fan on his phone didn’t miss Rendon’s sixth-inning homer…