Lance Zierlein: Rockets fan transcript for Game 4 win over the Warriors

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Rockets fan at 3:30 PM: It sure would be nice to see this team show some guts, but they just got beat by 41 so I’m not sure why we are expecting anything tonight.

Rockets fan at: 6:30 PM: This team did win 65 games and they are a good team. They definitely have a chance if James and Chris play well.

RF at 7:20: I just want them to be competitive. Even if they lose tonight, I just want them to keep a close and be respectable. I just want them to win game 5 so we don’t get embarrassed.


RF at 8:03 PM: Well starting off 5-0  wasn’t what I was hoping for. Come on, Rockets! Pick it up!

RF down 12-0: Fan-f^#*ing-tastic! 12-0 and we haven’t even scored in the first five minutes. Has anybody has ever beaten the Golden State Warriors when they haven’t scored in the first five minutes of the game?! WHERE IS HARDEN?! There is zero chance that anyone has ever beaten them down when they haven’t scored in the first five minutes.

RF after James doesn’t take wide-open 3 down 7-14: He’s point shaving.

RF down 21-12 with Harden scoring 9 quick points: Finally showing some heart!!! Never doubt The Beard!

RF with quarter ending down 28-19: I guess I’ll take it.

RF after Shaun Livingston dunk making it 21-30: I hate Livingston.

RF after Harden step-back 3 making it 28-34: I’ve been sitting on this seat cushion since the end of the first quarter so I’m not moving now.

RF dunks on Draymond Green making it 33-36: MVP! MVP! Eat a ****, Draymond!!!


RF Klay Thompson hits a 3 making it 37-41: Oh my GOOOODDDD! Are we going to do this, sh*t again? Just not going to guard Klay?!?!

RF Chris Paul hits a 3 making it 40-41: Chris Paul’s not playing with you boys! He’s got those big ones! Okay, Chris!!!

RF Chris Paul hits a 3 making it 44-43: BOOM! Down 12 and now what, b*tch?!?!

RF James Harden steals it and dunks it 50-43: He’s playing defense tonight! James is in a zone! Man, he has grown up as a player. This team feels unstoppable right now.

RF at halftime up 53-46 texting a friend: Let’s see what excuses the TNT guys make for the Warriors now. They have to give James his props now. James might get 50 tonight!

RF after Eric Gordon makes FT making it 60-55: Just keep going back and forth. That’s OK. I like it. James will get going soon and we can push it to double digits.

RF with 7:00 to go in the 3rd quarter: Is Capela even playing?

RF with Harden hitting floater 62-55: Yessir, Beard! Bout to run the Warriors off the court now!

RF Steph Curry hits 11 points in span of 1:36 making it 65-68: Oh sh*t.

RF with Rockets down 70-80 at end of the 3rd quarter: I told everyone the Warriors would beat us by double digits. This is who the Rockets are. No heart. Just settle for trash looks at the basket when things get bumpy. Let me see if the Astros are a final yet.

RF Livingston dunks on Capela 70-82: That was nasty. It’s a wrap.

RF Trevor Ariza hits 3 capping 15-2 run and taking 85-84 lead: Clutch AF! This team has so much heart!

RF with 5:30 left to go in the 4th: Harden looks scared. This is why we have Chris Paul! I’m fine with this being Chris Paul’s team to be honest.

RF Harden makes layup with 4:11 making it 89-86: Yes!! ATTACK THE RIM! He’s just different this year! Beard is back!

RF Gordon makes a 3 making it 94-89: Gordon has played great! He’s the key to this entire thing!

RF after Reggie Miller mentions Gordon has made 1 of 7 threes: Wait, that stat can’t be right. I remember one or two others. He’s got at least three of them.

RF after Harden misses step-back 3 with 15 seconds to go and 94-92 lead: WHY?????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!



RF refs put time back on clock and Paul makes only 1 of 2 FTs: Oh my god. No.

RF after Curry misses last shot of game: I’m staying up just to see how sad Charles and Kenny are now!


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Houston's offense had another strong day at the plate in Seattle against the Mariners on Wednesday. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

After striking a deal with the Mariners before Tuesday's game, along with a reported deal with the Marlins on Wednesday before the finale, the Astros continued to try and bolster their bullpen with fresh arms while also focusing on this series against Seattle. Having won the night prior to even it up, it came down to the rubber game on Wednesday afternoon to decide the series.

Final Score: Astros 11, Mariners 4

Astros' Record: 63-40, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi (4-5)

Losing Pitcher: Yusei Kikuchi (6-6)

Astros continue to score runs in Seattle

Just like in the earlier games in this series, the Astros had no problems offensively. They strung together four consecutive one-run innings, starting in the top of the second when they loaded the bases, then got an RBI groundout by Myles Straw to go up 1-0. In the top of the third, Yuli Gurriel drove one in on a two-out RBI double, bringing in Jose Altuve, who led the inning off with a double of his own. Chas McCormick led off with a single in the fourth, then later scored on an RBI single by Aledmys Diaz.

The fourth run in as many innings came in the top of the fifth, as Gurriel would notch his second RBI with a solo homer to start that inning, pushing the lead to 4-0. They didn't stop there, and neither did Gurriel, as he would get RBI number three on the day as part of a four-run top of the sixth, with RBI hits him, Altuve, Diaz, and Carlos Correa, doubling the lead to 8-0.

Odorizzi gets to the sixth before allowing two homers

The run support gave Jake Odorizzi plenty of leeway, which he didn't need until the bottom of the sixth. He held Seattle scoreless over the first five frames, allowing just four baserunners on a hit by pitch, a walk, and two singles, all peppered over that span and erased in each inning. Kyle Seager would get the Mariners on the board in the bottom of the sixth, blasting a one-out solo homer to cut the lead to seven runs at 8-1. After a single in the next at-bat, recently traded Abraham Toro made it four games in a row with a homer, this one a two-run shot to cut the lead to 8-3 and end Odorizzi's day. His final line: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 95 P.

Houston wins the series

Houston brought in Brooks Raley to finish the sixth, issuing two walks but stranding them to keep it a five-run lead. Myles Straw helped push that back to six in the top of the seventh, reaching on a single to start the innings, then stealing both second and third to get in position for Diaz's third RBI of the day, a groundout to make it 9-3. Cristian Javier was the next reliever out for the Astros, but he would not make it through the bottom of the seventh, allowing a single and three walks, the third with the bases loaded to bring in a run.

Bryan Abreu was brought in to get out of the jam, getting a strikeout to end the seventh. Then, in the top of the eighth, Kyle Tucker would put two more runs on the board with a two-run homer making the lead seven runs at 11-4. Abreu remained in for the bottom of the eighth, erasing two one-out singles to get through the frame. Brandon Bielak took over in the bottom of the ninth to close things out, posting a 1-2-3 inning to wrap up the win and give Houston the series victory.

Up Next: Houston will travel down the coast to San Fransisco before getting a day off on Thursday. They'll pick up an exciting three-game series with the Giants on Friday, with the opener slated to start at 8:45 PM Central. Framber Valdez (6-2, 2.97 ERA) will take the mound for the Astros, while San Fransisco's starter is TBD.

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