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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A WEEKLY REVIEW OF CRENNEL'S COACHING

Now my job: Texans out-Patriot the Patriots

Texans take down the Pats. Photo by Getty Images.

Every dog has its day. A broken clock is right two times a day. All the clichés about it being better to be lucky than good can apply here with the Texans 27-20 win over the Patriots. In a matchup that broke a record for the oldest combined age for opposing head coaches, 141 years old, Romeo Crennel beat his former boss Bill Belichick. There were other narratives at work here, as well as a few things (good and awful) that the coaching staff did.

First thing I saw that I liked was the spread and no-huddle on offense. If you've been following this series of articles, you know I've been on this train quite a while now. This allows Deshaun Watson to find the matchup he likes, exposes the defense because they can't sub, takes advantage of Texans' speed at receiver, and creates a tempo most defenses can't keep up with. Not to mention the spread is the offense Watson operated in at Clemson. 28/37 for 344 yards and two touchdowns of production from Watson was enough for me to say they need to have this as their M.O. moving forward.

Tim Kelly called a great game. He used the short, quick pass game in lieu of the run game. This also helped since Laremy Tunsil was out and Roderick Johnson had to play at left tackle. This offensive line is not very good at run blocking. Hence, why Watson was again the team's leading rusher with only 36 yards. Almost all of those were on scrambles. By going spread and no-huddle, Watson can take advantage of man and zone coverages to extend plays or scramble because most teams won't spy him. Even when they do, he makes them look silly.

Not everything was on the up and up. The defense continued to look like booty juice. Cam Newton threw for 365 yards and Damiere FREAKIN Byrd torched them for 132 of those yards! When I heard the quote from Crennel that defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver is getting the most out of his guys, I found it laughable. To double down on that, Weaver was quoted as saying, "This narrative that's being painted like my guys aren't disciplined and running around blocks, quite frankly and to put it bluntly, is bull---t!" Sorry guys, but you're both wrong. This defense can't fight its way out of a wet paper bag if you gave them knives. The worst part about it is that the offense's best chance at success sets the defense up for failure. Their hurry up scheme leaves little time for this porous defense to catch its wind. If they could get some turnovers or just off the damn field and get stops, it would help the offense.

With six games left, their three games outside the AFC South (Bengals, Lions, Bears) are all winnable. The two matchups against the Colts and the season finale against the Titans will prove to be their biggest tests. However, this is the same team that has four one possession losses. 3-7 could look a lot different if the offense stepped up against the Browns, or the defense made stops against the Steelers, Vikings, or Titans. Let's hope they can build off this win and salvage whatever they can of this season.

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