Competitive Nature

'God-given talent' help Katy WR Patrick defy defenses

If Katy is to win a state-record ninth state championship this year, Jordan Patrick will have a say in it all. Vype

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Jordan Patrick says it’s natural. The way he can dodge, duck, dip, dive, and, yes, dodge again if necessary, to catch almost any ball thrown his way.

Katy coach Gary Joseph says it’s because of a little bit more than that, something more ingrained in his standout receiver. It’s his competitiveness.

Whatever it is, it works. The 5-foot-7, 150-pound junior wideout continues to defy gravity and defenses with his pass-catching ability. Patrick was the top receiver in District 19-6A this season with 802 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 23.9 yards on 34 catches.

He has become an irrepressible playmaker for the 9-1 Tigers as they venture into the Class 6A, Division I postseason, starting with Friday’s bi-district tout against Fort Bend Travis in Katy.

“I honestly don’t know,” Patrick said when asked to explain his penchant for leaping high into the air and doing whatever it takes, including bending and twisting his body in unimaginable ways, to get the ball. “It’s natural, I guess? God-given talent. If a specific route is called, most of my stuff depends on where the guy is, whether to take him outside or stem him up and then break off. It just depends on where the defender is.”

 

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Tigers pound Odorizzi, Astros with homers as Houston drops fourth in a row

The Astros have not looked great in their last four games. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

After watching their hot start of 6-1 cool down to a 6-4 record with three straight losses, the Astros returned to Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night, looking to do a better job at home against a beatable Tigers team.

Recent games' woes would continue, though, with Houston's pitching getting blasted by the opposing offense and their own bats primarily quiet.

Final Score: Tigers 8, Astros 2

Astros' Record: 6-5, tied for second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Matthew Boyd (2-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi (0-1)

Astros score first, then Tigers unload on Odorizzi

Houston looked to have something brewing in the bottom of the second, with three singles in the first four batters of the inning, the third an RBI-single by Myles Straw to put the Astros in front 1-0. However, Matthew Boyd would limit the damage, getting back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat.

After two easy innings for Jake Odorizzi in his regular-season debut for his new team, he would allow a game-tying solo homer to Akil Baddoo, his fourth of the year, in the top of the third. Detroit struck again in the top of the fourth, getting a leadoff double to set up a two-run go-ahead home run to jump ahead 3-1.

They didn't stop there, getting another two-run bomb later in the same inning; a frame that would take Odorizzi 31 pitches to get only one out before Houston would bring in Bryan Abreu to get the last two outs. Odorizzi's final line in his debut: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 HR, 0 BB, 4 K, 80 P.


Detroit continues home run parade, Houston loses fourth in a row

Abreu would hope to do what Luis Garcia did the night before, eat up as many innings as possible after a poor outing from Houston's starter. The Tigers would get yet another two-run homer, though, in the top of the fifth, extending their lead to 7-1, with all seven runs coming over a three-inning span. For good measure, they'd knock one more out with two outs in the top of the ninth, making it 8-1.

As far as Houston at the plate, other than their string of hits to bring in a run earlier in the second, they were getting nothing done against Boyd, who would go six and two-thirds innings. Detroit's bullpen would finish things off, despite an all-too-late sac fly by the Astros in the bottom of the ninth, with Houston dropping their fourth-straight game and continuing to lose ground in the division.

Up Next: The finale of this three-game set with Detroit will be an hour earlier on Wednesday, getting underway at 6:10 PM Central. Lance McCullers Jr. (1-0, 1.80 ERA) will try to maintain his perfect record and improve upon his two five-inning one-run starts for the Astros, going opposite of Michael Fulmer (0-0, 2.57 ERA) for the Tigers.

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