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Election day in Houston sports

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Today is Election Day for the mid-term elections. If you haven’t already voted, stop reading this right now and go vote dammit! But come back and finish this once you’ve exercised your right to vote.

That being said, I looked at the current landscape around Houston sports and determined there are some figures who could run for office. Some could get elected, some are going to create controversy, and some are dark horses that could rise to prominence. Let’s take a look at some of the candidates:

JJ Watt

Watt is seen as one of the favorites in any race. He has the all-American image and is generally viewed as a shoe-in. However, his spotty record as far as staying healthy enough to perform his duties once elected has the opposition ready to pounce. Ideally, he’d need to run for a seat in the House of Representatives, serve a complete two year term to prove he’s to prove he’s fit for the job and can perform at a high level like he did when he entered the political arena back in 2011.

Simone Biles

Here’s an underrated politician who’s done nothing but win and serve the public on a local, national, and international level in her years of service. She’s still considered a long shot due to the opposition refusing to recognize her accomplishments. The fact that her foreign relations record is impeccable shows that she’d make a great Secretary of State because she’s a beloved figure the world over. She’s also been seen as a dark horse for becoming the first female president. Great follow on social media.

James Harden

Harden is one of those public figures who has some bones in his closet. For some reason, people either tend to overlook his flaws, or excuse them. Either way, he’s the type that would win the election due to interference or some other dubious manor. There was a report of an incident in which someone spoke out about his community relations record that ended up being assaulted and robbed, but nothing was effectively traced back to Harden himself.

Jose Lima

Although Lima is no longer with us, his presence still looms large. He’s the J.F.K. type figure whose accomplishments and larger than life personality are still talked about years after his passing. Some try to live up to his carefree nature and endear themselves to fans, but few will ever some close to filling his shoes. That was until Alex Bregman came along.

D’Onta Foreman/Gerald Green

These guys are homegrown stars who are here to give back through their public service to their communities. Both are self-made and now want to use their platform to improve things on a grassroots level. Instead of searching out greener pastures, they chose to come back home in hopes of giving the kids who they identify with a better shot at making something of themselves through improving education. Solid guys who are the city council lifer types with a chance to run for mayor should the stars align in their favor.

Jose Altuve

Here’s the little guy that came to this country with nothing and made himself political giant. How? He busted his ass and worked harder than the next guy. He didn’t listen to people when they said “But Jose, they’ll never accept you!” Instead, he kept plugging away and grinding it out for the people. Now, he’s the overwhelming favorite to be governor of Texas and has people thinking of changing the laws to run for the presidency.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m willing to place my vote behind a few of these political figures. Are there any I missed? Please write-in their names on the ballot here and let me know.

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Astros drop series finale to Oakland, A's win series

Jose Urquidy couldn't hold Oakland back on Saturday. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

With Oakland finally ending their drought against the Astros on Friday night to split the first two games of the series, and with the Angels staying in step with them as both teams started the day 6-2, the Astros needed a win to keep momentum in their favor on Saturday.

Instead, Oakland would outslug Houston once again to take the series finale and take the series win. The loss moves Houston to 6-3 and down to second place, at least for now, until the 6-2 Angels complete their game on Saturday evening.

Final Score: A's 7, Astros 3

Astros' Record: 6-3, second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Frankie Montas (1-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (0-1)

Urquidy gives up four over six

Much like the night before, Oakland was able to bring in runs against Houston's starter, this time Jose Urquidy, Saturday afternoon in their second time through the order. Their first time through, Urquidy was cruising, allowing just one baserunner in the first three innings on a single in the top of the third.

Things shifted in the top of the fourth, with the A's getting back-to-back singles to set the stage for a two-run frame with dual RBI-singles to take a 2-0 lead. Oakland doubled that in the fifth, getting a two-out single to set up a two-run homer by Ramon Laureano to make it 4-0. Urquidy would go on to finish six innings, but with no run support to that point, would leave in line for the loss. His final line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 93 P.

A's pad their lead before Houston gets on the board

Meanwhile, although getting five hits, the Astros could not get anything on the board against Frankie Montas through six innings. Brandon Bielak took over out of the bullpen for Urquidy in the top of the seventh, but after loading the bases, he would allow a dagger two-RBI single to make it a 6-0 deficit for Houston.

With Montas starting the seventh looking to face a batter or two before Oakland moved to their bullpen, Kyle Tucker would finally get Houston on the board with a leadoff solo home run, cutting the lead to 6-1 and ending Montas' day. Houston would get a two-out rally going, with an RBI-double by Jose Altuve followed by an RBI-triple by Michael Brantley to make it a three-run game at 6-3.

Oakland takes the series win

Ryne Stanek tried to keep it a three-run game and give the Astros a chance to stay in it in the top of the eighth but instead would give up a two-out solo home run to push Oakland's lead back to four. That 7-3 score would go final as Houston would go scoreless in the eighth and ninth.

Up Next: Houston will have a day off on Sunday before continuing this homestand Monday night by welcoming in Detroit and former manager A.J. Hinch for three games. In the series opener, the Tigers will send young star Casey Mize (0-0, 2.25 ERA) to the mound, while the Astros will get another start by Zack Greinke (1-0, 1.38 ERA).

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