Astros unable to rebound from Gerrit Cole's horrible start

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: Rangers 9, Astros 4

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After taking the series opener on Friday night, the Astros looked to take game two from the Rangers on Saturday night to lock up another series win. Here's a quick rundown of the game:

Final Score: Rangers 9, Astros 4

Record: 13-7, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Shawn Kelley (3-0).

Losing pitcher: Gerrit Cole (1-3).

Stars of the game: In an otherwise disappointing game, Max Stassi and George Springer were able to provide some highlights, both hitting two-run home runs to try and keep Houston in the game.

Notes: The Rangers got on the board first on Saturday night, getting a huge inning off of Gerrit Cole who had a horrible start to his night, allowing five runs, one of which was unearned, on four hits and two walks which paired with some sloppy defense handed Texas a quick 5-0 lead. They wouldn't let up on Cole there, extending the lead to 6-0 on a solo home run in the bottom of the third. Houston finally broke through with a good inning of their own, getting a two-run home run from Max Stassi in the top of the fifth to trim the lead to 6-2. The Rangers extended it right back, though, getting another run off of Cole in the bottom of the fifth, making it 7-2 before Houston would finally dip into their bullpen, bringing in Chris Devenski. Devenski would also fall victim to the Rangers, allowing a two-RBI triple to make it 9-2 and bring Cole's earned run total to eight on the night, making it the worst start of his major league career. George Springer got Houston back within five runs with a two-run home run to straight center in the top of the seventh, making it 9-4. That's as close as the Astros would get, though, as that score would go final to even the series at one game apiece.

Up Next: Houston will wrap up this series against the Rangers tomorrow afternoon with first pitch of the rubber-match game at 2:05 PM. Collin McHugh (3-1, 1.96 ERA) will start for the Astros and will go up against Shelby Miller (0-1, 9.00 ERA) for the Rangers.

The Astros daily report is presented by APG&E.

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We'll see if Watson is in pads on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of the Houston Texans.

The Houston Texans had their last practice before pads come on for the first time on Tuesday. There was plenty to see on Monday.

1. Deshaun Watson had his usual extremely light level of work. He did very little throwing to teammates, though he did throw to the tight ends in 1-on-1 drills.

2. Texans head coach David Culley said "nothing has changed" when asked if Deshaun Watson will be in pads Tuesday. Culley has maintained that answer for a couple of sessions now.

3. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor was back after missing Saturday with an excused personal day. Taylor has been the best quarterback in camp by a wide margin. Taylor makes better decisions with the football than other quarterbacks, but he does struggle on deeper passes. Taylor missed wildly on one deep ball and was a little wobbly on another.

4. Nobody in camp can cover wide receiver Brandin Cooks. This could be the easiest training camp of his life. He easily gets open in 1-on-1 situations.

5. Rookie wide receiver Nico Collins continues to flash his abilities in camp. Collins easily shook loose from defensive back John Reid and took the route vertical for an easy score. Collins later had a tough catch in traffic.

6. It's only been a few days, but the competition for inside wide receiver reps is tough. Former Bears wideout Anthony Miller has looked quick and nothing like the "draft bust" the Bears fans watched. Keke Coutee has rarely lost a rep, but Desmond King did win a few times over Coutee in the opening days of camp. Former Bengals wideout Alex Erickson finds himself constantly open. The cuts at wide receiver are already shaking out to be difficult.

7. Davis Mills bounced back in a sense that he couldn't be worse than he was on Saturday. The performance from Mills on Saturday was abysmal, but head coach David Culley said he liked how Mills responded today. With Tyrod Taylor back, there were fewer reps for Mills, but he had some impressive throws to go along with an off-target throw or two. Mills was far better than Jeff Driskel on Monday. Driskel tossed two interceptions right to defenders, including one that would've gone the wrong way for a score.

8. This linebacker group is interesting. With a new defensive scheme under Lovie Smith, the type of linebacker is very different from previous years. There was a clear emphasis on cover ability as these linebackers were added to the team.

9. Kamu Grugier-Hill and Kevin Pierre-Louis have both had some significant wins for the linebackers in coverage.

10. Rookie tight end Brevin Jordan looks the part physically, but he's had a rough few days, including a drop on Monday.

11. With the pads coming on Tuesday, it will be fun to watch the rebuilt defensive line clash with the many combinations of the offensive line. There will be no J.J. Watt who historically stirred up the team on day one of pads. Laremy Tunsil's cool confidence about the offensive line over the weekend leads me to believe they are a confident group, while there are spots to be won on the defensive side of the line.

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