A bounceback start from Jarred Cosart was wasted when Josh Fields served up a walkoff, three-run home run to Kyle Seager, giving the Marines the 5-3 win, and not allowing the Astros to sweep the three-game series. Cosart was pulled after serving up his own two-run home run to Seager in the seventh. He finished allowing 4 hits, 3 walks, and 2 runs in 6.2 innings. Josh Fields was given the call in the ninth inning for his third game in a row, and was unable to seal the win. The Astros got another home run from Chris Carter, his second in as many games. They now head back home to face the Oakland Athletics. Check out the rest of the links for more in Houston sports.
Kids in Houston today have a very different baseball experience. If, and that’s a big if, their families have stuck with the team in the tough years, they don’t often spend the end of a game smiling and cheering as the winners leave the field. Instead, they walk away with talk of, “Perhaps we’ll get ‘em tomorrow, Dad?”
- Kennon Riley (Climbing Tal’s Hill) on Preston Tucker.
- Brian McTaggart (MLB.com) with many different news and notes.
- Astros tweet of the day…
To be fair, this was only the third or fourth most heartbreaking loss of the season. So… yeah… silver lining. #Astros
— Archbishop Deshaies (@HouCounterplot) April 23, 2014
- Jonathan Feigen (Houston Chronicle) on the Rockets game two loss.
For a second-consecutive game to start the series, Aldridge dominated the Rockets. For a second-consecutive game, the Rockets presumed answer, James Harden, flopped. And as the Blazers tore through the Rockets in the fourth quarter, scoring easily while the Rockets misfired, the series the Rockets had anticipated for nine months began careening beyond the their control as surely as the game had.
- Victor (RocketsSocial) on the officiating during game one of the Rockets/Blazers series.
- Jenny Dial Creech (Houston Chronicle) on the struggling James Harden.
- Rockets tweet of the day…
Rockets won the championship after starting 0-2 in the first round. It is still possible. All eyes on Friday.
— #PORvsHOU #RedNation (@Adam_Abramson1) April 24, 2014
- Brian T. Smith (Houston Chronicle) on the Texans schedule.
“Any time you play primetime, it means a lot to our players. It’s an exciting time. They know it’s a national audience,” O’Brien said. “For us as coaches, I think it works out fairly well because it’s a home game and then a little bit of time between traveling to go to Pittsburgh. Again, for our players, it’s a great opportunity. For us as coaches, we look at it as giving us a little bit of extra time to prepare.”
- Dave Zangaro (CSN Houston) shares with us his five intriguing matchups in 2014.
- Anthony Guegel (HoustonSportsTalk) tells us who he thinks will be the next Texans QB.
- Texans tweet of the day…
After looking at the newly released NFL schedule, I’m confident in predicting that the Texans will play half of their games in Houston.
— Ryan, lost in TX. (@RyanLostinTX) April 24, 2014