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With a disappointing loss on Father's Day to end their recent homestand, the Astros took to the road this week starting with a three-game series with the Reds in Cincinnati. Here is a quick look at game one of the inter-league matchup:
Final Score: Reds 3, Astros 2.
Record: 48-25, first in the AL West.
Winning pitcher: Luis Castillo (7-1, 2.26 ERA).
Losing pitcher: Wade Miley (6-4, 3.30 ERA).
1) Miley falls off after rain delay
Wade Miley was out to a good start through the early goings in the game, allowing just one hit and a hit batter over the first seven outs before a rain delay tabled the game for nearly an hour. Miley returned to the mound after the delay and was able to pick up where he left off to complete the third inning with a couple of strikeouts to work around a walk.
He stayed effective in the fourth, getting a 1-2-3 inning, but would falter in the fifth by giving up a single and walk to start the inning then three runs and two walks with one out, ending his night on a rough note. Miley's final line: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6K.
2) Astros finally score in the seventh, but not enough
In what seemed like the first time in forever (16 innings, to be exact), Houston was finally able to get back on the scoreboard in the seventh inning Monday night by getting a run on an error then later another on an RBI-double by Michael Brantley to trim Cincinnati's lead to 3-2.
Those two runs would be all they'd come away with, though, despite getting plenty of runners on base via nine walks on the night. Houston would strand ten runners in the loss.
3) Bullpen keeps Houston close
With Miley leaving the game with the bases still loaded and one out in the fifth, it put Hector Rondon in a high-leverage spot to come in and try and limit the damage. Rondon did great, though, getting a double play to end the fifth before going on to throw a scoreless sixth.
Will Harris picked things up in the bottom of the seventh, a scoreless inning to keep the game at one run. Ryan Pressly was out next to pitch the eighth and looked well rested in a scoreless inning.
Up Next: The Astros will continue this series with the Reds with another 6:10 PM start time tomorrow. Houston will have Justin Verlander (9-2, 2.41 ERA) on the mound looking for his tenth win on the year and also seeking to move another spot ahead on the all-time strikeout leaders list. Cincinnati will hand the ball to Anthony DeSclafani (3-3, 4.43 ERA).
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The Houston Texans took a major step forward as a franchise on Sunday when rookie quarterback CJ Stroud led a game-winning touchdown drive against the Buccaneers with 46 seconds left on the clock.
Stroud and the Texans secured the win pushing their record to 4-4 on the season. In the process CJ Stroud broke so many records that we can't possibly cover them all here, but Adam Schefter listed several in a post on X.
What CJ Stroud accomplished Sunday:
🏈His 147.8 passer rating is the highest single-game passer rating by a rookie quarterback (minimum 30 attempts) in NFL history.
🏈His 470 passing yards are the most passing yards by a rookie in a game in NFL history.
🏈Became the youngest… pic.twitter.com/lvqKulw7fX
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 6, 2023
It's a new day for the Texans and their fan base. Games like this typically end in heartbreak for Houston fans, but not this time! And the future looks bright for the Texans as they have their franchise QB, and a terrific head coach in DeMeco Ryans.
The timing couldn't have been better, too, with it appearing that Stroud looks like the best QB in the draft class. While the Texans did lose to the Panthers last week, Stroud bounced back in a big way against the Bucs.
CJ said all week leading up to the game against Tampa Bay that the offense needed to be more aggressive. It's safe to say Stroud backed up his comments with a historic performance.
And on that same day Bryce Young threw 3 total interceptions, 2 were returned for touchdowns, while losing to the Colts and slipping to 1-7 on the season.
It's also an interesting coincidence that the Cowboys needed a touchdown with 46 seconds left in the game against the Eagles and weren't able to close the deal.
Both Texas teams got the ball back yesterday with exactly 46 seconds left. Both needed a touchdown. The Texans pulled it off, the Cowboys did not.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) November 6, 2023
Plus, Stroud was so impressive this week, former players like Richard Sherman and Robert Griffin III are labeling Stroud as a Top 10 QB in the NFL.
Stroud is also an overwhelming favorite now to win Offensive Rookie of the Year at -500 after his incredible performance on Sunday.
So how good can this Texans offense be?
Be sure to watch the video above as we break it all down.
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