Coming off a 1-0 loss the night before, the Astros needed their offense to step up and they did in the second game of the three game series. Robbie Grossman hit a three-run home run in a five-run fourth inning to give the Astros the lead. Jarred Cosart finished the night throwing 7 innings, allowing 6 hits, 2 walks, and 3 runs while striking out six. He was in line for the win but Kevin Chapman blew the save in the ninth inning, only to earn the win in the tenth inning after Jose Altuve hit a sac-fly to give the Astros a 6-5 lead. The Astros will be back at it today today at 2:05 PM. Check out the rest of the links for more in Houston sports.
- Brian McTaggart (MLB.com) with many different Astros notes. Read it!
Through 11 games last season, Astros designated hitterChris Carter already had four home runs and seven RBIs en route to leading the Astros with 29 homers and 82 RBIs. Carter played in his 11th game of the 2014 season on Saturday and was still searching for his first homer.
- Greg Thurston (Climbing Tal’s Hill) asks if this year’s bullpen is better than last year’s bullpen?
- Evan Drellich (Houston Chronicle) tells us who’s in charge of telling Bo Porter to challenge a call.
- Astros tweet of the weekend…
— Jarred Cosart (@JarredCosart) April 13, 2014
- Fran Blinebury (NBA.com) says the return of Patrick Beverley and Dwight Howard makes the Rockets whole.
Howard (ankle) and Beverley (knee) both were coming off injuries that had forced them to miss eight straight games and the past two weeks while the Rockets defense went AWOL. While the pair of starters were sidelined, Houston had limped to a 3-5 record and surrendered an average of 115.9 points a game.
- Rahat Huq (Red94) shared his thoughts on Greg Smith being waived.
- Jenny Dial Creech (Houston Chronicle) on the Rockets rookies making the most of their opportunities.
- Rockets tweet of the weekend…
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) April 13, 2014
- Brian T. Smith (Houston Chronicle) on the pressures of drafting #1 overall.
Peyton Manning, LeBron James and Stephen Strasburg are available for everyone to desire. But only one team holds the franchise-changing asset that is an amateur draft’s No. 1 overall pick, and only one organization gets to make the instant star its own.
- Tania Ganguli (ESPN) on Bill Kollar talking about the first overall pick.
- Stephen Forsha (Toro Times) on a former Texan finding a new home.
- Texans tweet of the weekend….
Texans fans, prepare yourself for the final pushes on social media and sports radio between The Manzealots and the Insane Clowney Possee
— Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) April 11, 2014