Houston has lost 9 of their last 10

Astros end road trip with another loss to Rockies

Jose Urquidy didn't have the start he wanted on Wednesday. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images.

Continuing their recent anguishing stretch of losses the night before, going 2-8 in their last ten games, the Astros tried to salvage a win to end the road trip and come home on a happy note Wednesday afternoon in the snow in Denver. Instead, it would go down as another loss, making them 1-9 over their last ten games and 1-4 on the five-game road trip.

Final Score: Rockies 6, Astros 3

Astros' Record: 7-10, fifth in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Austin Gomber (1-2)

Losing Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (0-2)

Urquidy gives up four over five

Clearly unable to muster his best performance in the extreme conditions, Jose Urquidy did not have the greatest overall start on Wednesday afternoon. The Rockies were able to knock him around for four runs in the first two innings, two on a two-run double in the first, then a solo home run and RBI-single in the second. He would rebound and finish the next three innings scoreless but was unable to have the success he would have wanted: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 88 P.

Astros end road trip with another loss

He would leave with his team down 4-2 and in line for the loss. Those two runs came on one swing of Yuli Gurriel's bat, who had just one of Houston's two hits over those first five innings, getting a two-run homer in the top of the second, which at the time tied the game before Colorado would jump back in front. Brandon Bielak took over on the mound in the bottom of the sixth, but he too would struggle, allowing two runs on four hits to increase the deficit to 6-2.

Bielak returned for a quick, scoreless seventh; then Peter Solomon made the second appearance of his career in the bottom of the eighth. He worked around a two-out single to send the 6-2 game to the ninth, where the Astros would get one run, but not enough to mount a rally to end their disappointing stretch of games.

Up Next: With this road trip over, Houston will return home for eight games, two four-game sets against division opponents. It will kick off Thursday at 7:10 PM Central with the first of four against the Angels, with Cristian Javier (1-0, 2.08 ERA) returning to fill in as the fifth arm in the rotation, going against Alex Cobb (1-0, 4.63 ERA) for Los Angeles.

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Watson's accusers appeared on Real Sports on Tuesday night. Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images.

HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel’s heavily promoted and much anticipated examination of Deshaun Watson’s legal mess involving alleged sexual misconduct shed little new light and merely presented a summary of well worn he said/she (x22) said accusations and denials.

The episode debuted Tuesday night on the premium cable service and will be repeated dozens of times throughout the week on HBO’s platforms. Check your local listings for times and channel.

The segment was hosted by Soledad O’Brien who presented compelling face-to-face interviews with two of the quarterback’s accusers: massage therapists Ashley Solis and Kyla Hayes. Their stories were detailed and graphic. Both cried during the interviews.

Solis: “As I’m working, he deliberately grabs himself and put his penis on my hand. I pulled my hand away instantly and I started crying. I told that I’m done. I don’t want to do this anymore.”

Solis said she felt threatened when Watson, before leaving the session, allegedly told her: “I know you have a career to protect, and I know that you don’t want anyone messing with it, just like I don’t want anyone messing with mine.”

Solis added, “That’s when I got really scared because that sounded like a threat to me.”

Hayes: “He wanted me to kind of make a V motion in his pelvic area. I just kept massaging and did what he asked, until his penis kept touching me repeatedly as I did it.”

Hayes said that Watson had an orgasm, which she said was “mortifying, embarrassing and disgusting.”

O’Brien asked Hayes why she continued to have contact via email with Watson after their encounter.

Hayes: "I wasn't sure what he was capable of. He could've physically assaulted me. He could've bashed my business, so I had to protect myself and my business the best way I saw fit. Did I ever see him again after that? No. Did I give him the runaround? Yes."

O’Brien pointed out that two separate grand juries in Texas heard criminal accusations against Watson and neither found enough evidence to indict him.

Solis and Hayes, and 20 other massage therapists have filed civil suits against Watson. The cases aren’t expected to reach a courtroom until next March. Both sides could reach a settlement before then which would effectively shut down any legal action against Watson. However, both sides say they aren’t interested in any pretrial settlements. That’s what they say now, anyway.

After being banished to the sidelines for the 2021 season by the Houston Texans, Watson signed a historic, 5-year fully guaranteed $230 million contract with the Cleveland Browns.

Hayes said she feels Watson “is being rewarded for bad behavior." Solis said, "It's just like a big screw you. That's what it feels like. That we (the Browns) don't care. He can run and throw, and that's what we care about.”

Watson currently is participating in preseason workouts with the Browns and, at the moment, is cleared to play the upcoming NFL season.

That is unless the NFL suspends Watson for some, most or all of the 2022 season. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said the league is nearing completion of its independent investigation into Watson’s case and will reach a decision “shortly,” probably this summer. The NFL and NFL Players Association mutually agreed to have former U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson decide whether or not Watson violated the league’s Personal Conduct Policy and what discipline should be handed down if he did.

The Browns are scheduled to play the Texans on Dec. 4 at NRG Stadium in Houston.

O’Brien said, while producing the Real Sports piece, she tried to interview Watson, his attorneys and the Cleveland Browns for their side of the story. All declined.

During a press conference in March to announce his joining the Browns, Watson denied any inappropriate behavior with the massage therapists.

Watson: “I never assaulted any woman. I’ve never disrespected any woman. I was raised to be genuine and respect everyone around me. I’ve never done the thing that these people are alleging. My mom and my aunties didn’t raise me that way.”

Leah Graham, a member of Watson’s legal team, sat for an interview after O’Brien’s segment was complete.

Graham: "It's 22 women. It's one lawyer. There's only one lawyer who was willing to take these cases. And as we know from Ashley Solis’ deposition, Mr. (Houston attorney Tony) Buzbee was not the first, probably not the second or third lawyer she went to, but he was the only one to take her case. Why? Not because it had merit, but because he would use these cases to increase his social media following and quite frankly to get on shows like this one.”

My reaction after watching the Real Sports segment? We weren’t in the room when the massage therapists worked on Watson. We weren’t in the grand jury room when evidence against Watson was presented. We don’t know what happened. We don’t know what will happen if these cases go to trial.

Until then all we have is one big, lurid, embarrassing mess. In American courtrooms, defendants are presumed innocent. That’s often the opposite in the court of public opinion. We’ll just have to wait while the wheels of justice grind painfully slow.

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