Astros lose to the Brewers to split the series

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 3 hits from the 4-2 loss

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After winning the opener of the two-game series with the Brewers on Labor Day, the Astros looked to make it a mini-sweep with a win on Tuesday night. Here is a recap of the game:

Final Score: Brewers 4, Astros 2.

Record: 90-50, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Jordan Lyles (10-8, 4.46 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Zack Greinke (14-5, 3.09 ERA).

1) Springer goes down hard with an injury

The Astros experienced a scary moment in the bottom of the fifth inning. Tracking a ball deep into center field, George Springer lept and made an incredible catch for the final out of the inning.

However, during the catch, he would fall back and hit his head, hard, against the center-field wall, and although he would complete the play, would stay on the ground in obvious pain for quite some time. He was attended to for several minutes before eventually, they would bring the cart out, which he would stand and get into before being taken off the field. Hopefully, Springer was simply shaken up and avoided anything serious.

2) Greinke gets tagged in the third

Zack Greinke had one bad inning on Wednesday, and it came in the third. After allowing just one hit in each of the first two innings, the Brewers were able to back-to-back one-out singles in the bottom of the third before a two-out RBI-single followed by a three-run home run which pushed Milwaukee in front 4-1.

He was able to recover over the next three frames, allowing just two other hits while keeping the Brewers from adding any more runs to their lead. Greinke's final line: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR.

3) Houston unable to mount a comeback

Meanwhile, the Astros had gotten two runs on the board; one in the top of the second on an RBI-single by Josh Reddick which gave them a 1-0 lead at the time, then a solo home run by Alex Bregman in the top of the sixth which made it a two-run game at 4-2.

With Greinke's night done after six innings of work, Houston turned to their bullpen starting with Chris Devenski in the bottom of the seventh. Devenski was able to erase a two-out double to complete the inning. Cionel Perez made his first appearance since June, having been down in the minors until being brought back up when rosters expanded over the weekend. He started the bottom of the eighth but would allow a leadoff walk before a pinch-hitter caused A.J. Hinch to move to another pitcher.

Joe Biagini was the new pitcher and would get a double play to erase the leadoff walk before getting out of the inning. The Astros were unable to mount a comeback, though, coming up empty late in the game to allow the Brewers to split the two-game series.

Up Next: Houston will travel home for a day off on Wednesday. They'll resume play on Thursday at home with the opener of a four-game series against the Mariners at Minute Maid Park. That game will get underway at 7:10 PM and the expected pitchers are Marco Gonzalez (14-11, 4.30 ERA) for the Mariners going opposite of Wade Miley (13-4, 3.06 ERA) for the Astros.

The Astros daily report is presented by APG&E.

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Walter will host The Night of Champions. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images.

In 2014, Austin Walter rushed for 2,704 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior at Crosby High School. Despite falling short of a state title, Walter was named District 19-4A MVP and finished his prep career with a little over 6,000 rushing yards on 613 carries (6,062 yds). Seven years later, Walter will be returning to his high school alma mater to give back to the community that laid the foundation for an NFL career as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.

"It's a blessing to be able to come from a small town and be one of the guys who made it out," Walter said. "Not a lot of people made it to the NFL or the NBA from Crosby High School. To be one of the first, it's an amazing feeling. It's a blessing and an honor."

On Thursday, April 15, Walter will host The Night of Champions to benefit the Crosby High School Booster Club from 6-9 p.m. The event will be a weight lifting competition at Crosby High School for student-athletes around the area to showcase their talents and abilities.

In addition to hosting a weight lifting showcase, Walter will also share his life teachings with student-athletes in attendance. Perseverance and not taking no for an answer will be one of the most vital messages the Crosby native will share with aspiring pro-athletes. It's the two virtues Walter has leaned on from little league football to the NFL. And as an undrafted prospect in 2019, it was that same morale that helped him outshine six other running backs during the 49ers rookie training camp that same year.

"Before I started playing football in high school, a lot of people thought I was too small," Walter said. "They thought because we played little league and not in middle school we would not make it in high school. My twin brother [Ashton Walter] and I did not listen to that. We just kept pushing forward."

"When I left Rice, people thought I was going to play in the Canadian league or AFF, and I did not take no for an answer. I believed in myself. And I believed in God. And if I can make it out of a small town like Crosby, anybody can make it...It's the mentality I've had my entire life of not quitting. I feel like that is what got me to the point I am at right now."

Whether their life goal is to play in the NFL or not, Walter's primary objective for The Night of Champions is to be an inspiration and show kids they can find success despite their environment. It is one of the things the former XFL running back (Dallas Renegades) wished he would have seen growing up in Crosby.

After graduating from Crosby High School, Walter went on to have a record-breaking collegiate career at Rice University. He became one of two players in school history to rush for over 1,500 yards (1,744 yds.) and 1,000 kick return yards (1,548 yds.) in four seasons with the Owls. In February, Walter signed a one-year contract extension to re-join the 49ers ahead of the 2021 NFL season.

Click here to learn more about The Night of Champions at Crosby High School or support Walter and the Crosby High School Booster Club.

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