Astros get the walk-off win in extra innings

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 3 hits from the 4-3 win

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After losing the first two games of the four-game series with the Indians, the Astros looked to work towards a series split by picking up a win on Saturday afternoon. Here are some quick facts and three hits from the game:

Final Score: Astros 4, Indians 3

Record: 16-11, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Roberto Osuna (2-0).

Losing pitcher: Adam Cimber (2-2).

1) Peacock fans batters, not feathers

Brad Peacock put together a sharp and strong start, pitching six innings of one-run baseball. During those six innings, he allowed just the one run on four hits to go with one walk and seven strikeouts. The run he allowed came after putting runners on the corners with no outs in the top of the fourth. The Astros ceded the run on a double play to clear the bases before Peacock finished that inning on the way to completing his solid start.

2) Astros win on clutch hitting

Aledmys Diaz had the first big hit in the game to put the Astros ahead 1-0 on an RBI-double in the bottom of the second. Later in the game in a 1-1 tie, Carlos Correa took advantage of a walk by Alex Bregman earlier in the inning by lining a home run into the Crawford Boxes to put Houston ahead 3-1. After going to extra innings tied 3-3, Tony Kemp won the game on a walk-off solo homer to lead off the tenth inning.

3) Bullpen falters in the seventh but holds strong late

With Peacock's day done after six innings, Houston went to their bullpen to try and preserve the lead. Will Harris took over in the seventh, but after back-to-back one-out singles was pulled in favor of Ryan Pressly to face a pinch-hitting Francisco Lindor. Lindor would cut the lead to one run with a sacrifice fly, then Cleveland would get an RBI-single to tie the game. Pressly remained in the game for the eighth and was able to retire the Indians in order. Roberto Osuna came on for the ninth with the game still tied 3-3 and threw a 1-2-3 inning, then continued on in the tenth and worked around a leadoff single to keep the game tied going into the bottom-half to set up the walk-off win.

Up Next: Houston will wrap up this series with the Indians in a primetime matchup on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball tomorrow night. First pitch is at 6 PM and will feature fast-paced left-hander Wade Miley (1-2, 3.58 ERA) for Houston going up against Carlos Carrasco (2-2, 6.00 ERA) for Cleveland.

The Astros daily report is presented by APG&E.

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The Houston Rockets point guard carousel continued to spin Wednesday night, as the Woj bomb-iest of Houston-related Woj bombs erupted in the Space City:

For the third year in a row, the Rockets will begin the season with a new point guard, in an attempt to finally find someone that can play alongside James Harden. Let's take a look at how the Rockets got to this point, and what it means moving forward.

What led to the trade?

Russell Westbrook simply wanted out. Westbrook is the type of player that needs to be the number one ball handler and that simply wasn't ever going to happen on a James Harden led team. Other reports cited Westbrook's frustration with the lack of accountability and casual atmosphere within the locker room. Ultimately if anyone was going to be moved between Harden and Westbrook, it was always going to be Westbrook.

Why John Wall?

This one is another fairly straightforward answer: they both have relatively similar contracts. Each is making an absurdly overpriced $40 million this season, and both were disgruntled with their current team. Rockets General Manager Rafael Stone and Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard tossed the idea around a few weeks ago, but couldn't find a deal they liked. It was reported that discussions resumed Wednesday afternoon and within a few hours the deal was done in an almost one-for-one swap.

How does Wall fit?

This is a little more complicated because it's not exactly known what head coach Stephen Silas' game plan is. It's also difficult to predict whether or not Harden will still be on the roster when the season starts. But let's assume that Harden takes the court for the Rockets and that Silas' system resembles something similar to what we've seen in Houston for the past few years. In that case, Wall would be a slight upgrade to Westbrook. Westbrook is more athletic than Wall, but when healthy Wall was no slouch. In addition he's a much better defensive player and has much better court vision than Westbrook. Westbrook's assists were usually a bailout after attacking the lane with his head down, while Wall is more likely to set up a teammate.

This isn't to say that Wall doesn't need the ball though. He's fairly ball dominant, but not nearly as much as Westbrook. Harden proved last season that he's capable of effectively playing off the ball if necessary, so it seems like a better fit from a distribution rate alone. If they can find that sweet spot like they did with Chris Paul and stagger the lineups so that each star gets their own time to create, there's potential for an improved Rockets team more reminiscent of their 2018 run than the past two years.

What are the best and worst case scenarios?

The worst case is that the Rockets were sold a lemon. Wall has potential to be an upgrade, but comes with huge risk. He last took the court in 2018, where he was sidelined with a knee injury. He subsequently ruptured his Achilles in an accident at his home while recovering from the knee injury, forcing Wall off the court for almost two years. It's possible an extremely unfortunate Wall reinjures something and completely derails the machinations of the trade. Even if he's recovered fully, it will take time to get him up to game speed which could frustrate Harden on a team that can't afford a slow start in their stacked conference. Harden has managed to cultivate drama with just about every co-star he's played with, so there's no reason to assume this attempt would go any better. If things turn sour, Harden could be out the door even quicker than expected.

The best case scenario is that Wall arrives ready to play team basketball and resembles the better part of his pre-injury form. Wall and Harden buy into Silas' new system, space the floor, and take turns carving up the lane with dribble drives and kick outs to players who can actually hit from distance. This version of the Rockets could potentially be a 3-seed in this year's Western Conference.

Who won the trade?

At the moment the Rockets. Not only did they remove at least one of their locker room distractions, but they also gain a first round pick. If Wall can stay healthy and Silas can keep both stars happy, this team should be a lot more fun to watch than last season's clunker.

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