The Astros got a good start by Mike Fiers, but fell to the Oakland Athletics in the first game of a three game home-stand by the score of 6-4. Down 1-0 early, George Springer added to his season long highlight reel with an amazing catch in the top of the third. With the game tied at 1 in the top of the sixth, a strange sequence of events led to the A’s taking the lead for the rest of the game. Manager A.J. Hinch went for a mound visit with runners on first and third and one out. James Hoyt thought this was his cue, and started his jog in from the pen. After Hoyt was sent back, Fiers induced a foul out before giving up a walk to load the bases. Hoyt was now called upon for real, making his first appearance since his wild pitches allowed three runs to score last week in Seattle. With a full count and two outs, Ryon Healy hit his 18th home run of the season, a grand slam to right field.
The Astros like to sprinkle in excitement wherever they can, though. Springer hit his 23rd home run of the season in the top of the 9th, a three run shot to cut the lead to 6-4 with no outs. However, Josh Reddick would foul out and Brian McCann would ground into a double play to end the game. The Astros fell to 52-26 but maintain a 12 game lead in the West.
After the Rockets strong showing at Sunday night’s NBA Awards, the guys over at The Dream Shake had a nice breakdown showing they correctly predicted 96.8% of MVP votes. Another year, another Harden snub. Also of note, Paul George was spotted at IAH boarding a plane to LAX. This off-season is setting up to be another filled with emojis and reporters camped out in weird places. Pat Beverly and Lou Williams are expected to be some of the bigger names on the trading block for the Rockets.
The Dynamo are set for a Wednesday afternoon showdown with Sporting KC in the Round of 16 in the US Open Cup. Thanks to a Tuesday night victory, should the Dynamo win, they’ll be hosting FC Dallas in the quarterfinals. After a pair of draws so far in the Texas Derby, Dynamo fans will be hoping to get another shot at the team from Frisco with a Cup on the line. After a great goal from youngster Memo Rodriguez on the road in North Carolina last round, expect to see him get some more important minutes.
The Dash will take the field against the Boston Breakers after the Dynamo wrap up as part of a doubleheader package. A rough season got even more rough news this week, after it was announced that forward Kealia Ohai will be out for the season following a knee injury. The Dash currently sit in 9th place and have lost four straight, but hope to change course against the 10th place Breakers.
Texans camp keeps rolling right along, as the majority of the off-season focuses on the quarterback battle between Tom Savage and rookie Deshaun Watson. Watson has been nominated for two ESPYs for Best Championship and Best Male College Athlete.