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Nerds Around Town: House of X, Post Malone and more

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Born with a comic book in one hand and a remote control in the other, Cory DLG is the talent of Conroe's very own Nerd Thug Radio and Sports. Check out the podcast replay of the FM radio show at www.nerdthugradio.com!

It's Tuesday, are you going to own this week or is it going to own you.

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

The Bahamas are in trouble and need help our help. Donate to the Red Cross please, there are 100s of thousands of people in need.

HOUSE OF X/POWERS OF X

In House of X #4 that came out last Wednesday, nearly every important X-Men just got killed. For those who aren't following the book, the basics are this. Moira Mactaggert, long time X-Men ally is revealed to be a mutant who has the power of reliving the same life line over and over. She has dedicated her life to solving the problem of humans and mutants living together in harmony and over and over and over again she fails, dies and restarts her life. She is now on what appears to be her tenth life and now knows she can't allow the creation of Nimrod, so she sends the X-Men on a suicide mission to destroy the machine and the scientists who are building it. So Wolverine, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Archangel, Nightcrawler, Husk, Monet and Mystique go on this likely suicide mission. One by one they fall as they complete their individual missions and eventually it's down to just Cyclops and Jean Grey after Wolverine goes out like the bad ass he is, in open space hacking away at the last obstacle to their mission, burning alive due to exposure to the sun and open space. Then both Cyclops and Jean are killed. This series, and its counter part Powers of X, has been insane and I have no idea what will happen next.

POST MALONE

Just dropped a new album last week and so far it's honestly amazing. He is one of the lone bright spots to come out of this new era of rap where everything is mumbled and they're not lyrically creative and the beats are very melodic and musical. There is an element of that which is clearly appealing but overall it's too far moved from old rap which I loved. Enter Post Malone, no he isn't old rap, but he's music. He's talented and he can play great music and he makes wildly successful and entertaining music. If you are looking for something different and great, this is the guy to check out.

FINAL SPACE

The second season of Final Space is rapidly coming to an end on Adult Swim and if you are looking for a fun animated show, it's Final Space. The show has an amazing start, Olan Rogers pitched it and won a small contest where he won a small cash prize, he then used that to make an 8 minute pilot, he posted it on youtube and within days Conan O Brian's production company had reached out to him about making the show and they picked up the first season. It's hilarious and touching, it's big and has action and great moments it's well written and funny and sentimental. It's worth checking out.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

So The Saints came through on a last minute field goal. It sucks but I'm not that mad, Kenny Stills proved his worth, Watson was awesome and the defense looked ok. This was a tough loss but a road loss, and honestly even good teams lose on the road. I'm not that upset about this week and I like most of what I saw.

Feel free to check out my brand new comic book Another Day at the Office or buy a shirt from Side Hustle Ts where some proceeds help people struggling with cancer or listen to Nerd Thug Radio. Thoughts, complaints, events and comments can be sent to corydlg@gmail.com.

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After splitting the first two games of the series, including the extra-inning affair on Saturday, the Astros looked to defeat the Angels on Saturday to secure the series win and leave Los Angeles with a winning record. On the mound were two pitchers looking to shrug off bad debuts to the season. Here is how the game went on Sunday afternoon:

Final Score (11 innings): Astros 6, Angels 5.

Record: 5-4, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Blake Taylor (1-0, 0.00 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Jacob Barnes (0-2, 3.86 ERA).

James walks his way into trouble

After a disastrous start to his pitching season where he was unable to record an out, Shohei Ohtani was able to sit down the Astros 1-2-3 on just eight pitches in the top of the first. However, Houston would take advantage of his struggling command in the top of the second, working three straight walks to load the bases with no outs. They then would get two more walks with two outs to grab an early 2-0 lead and end Ohtani's day early yet again.

Meanwhile, on the mound for Houston was Josh James. He, too, allowed some walks but was able to work around them in the first two innings, erasing two in the bottom of the first and one in the second for two scoreless innings.

That changed in the third when he would walk the bases loaded with two outs before Albert Pujols continued his nearly twenty-year reign of being a thorn in Houston's side, hitting a grand slam, Los Angeles' first hit of the day, to put the Angels up 4-2. James would get the final out of the third, but that would conclude his day, making it two straight starts he would be unable to reach the fourth inning. His final line: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 6 BB, 4K, 1 HR.

Valdez impresses as Bregman makes it a one-run game in the seventh

Framber Valdez was first out of Houston' bullpen, likely to try and eat up several innings. He would accomplish that mission, getting through the next three innings scoreless, holding the 4-2 score. It remained locked on that score despite Houston getting runners on base in each of those innings, as they would struggle to turn players on base into runs yet again in this series.

Alex Bregman gave the Astros a spark in the top of the seventh, leading off the inning with a solo home run to straightaway center to make it a one-run game. Valdez returned for yet another inning, another scoreless frame to keep it 4-3 going to the eighth.

Reddick ties it in the ninth, Astros win in extras

Houston would threaten to tie in the top of the eighth, getting a pinch-hitting Carlos Correa to third base after a single to leadoff the inning, but would be unable to score him, leaving it at 4-3. Valdez would record another scoreless inning in the bottom of the eighth, giving the Astros one more chance to tie or go ahead in the top of the ninth.

Michael Brantley led off the inning with a double and was pinch-run by Myles Straw, who would score the tying run on an RBI-single by Josh Reddick, but the Angels would hold the Astros there. Valdez remained in the game trying to push extra innings and would do so, erasing a leadoff walk.

Kyle Tucker started the top of the tenth on second base and moved to third on a sac fly by Carlos Correa to start the inning before scoring on another sac fly, this time from pinch-hitting Garrett Stubbs to give Houston a 5-4 lead. Valdez, well above his comfortable pitch count, was still on the mound in the bottom of the tenth, and allowed his first run, though unearned, on a leadoff RBI-single to tie the game again at 5-5. He would get one more out before Houston moved to another reliever, bringing in Andre Scrubb.

After an intentional walk to Albert Pujols, Scrubb would walk the bases loaded before getting a popout, then Houston would turn to Blake Taylor. Taylor would come through, getting a big strikeout to send the game to the eleventh. Springer started on second in the top of the inning and would score and put the Astros back in front on a one-out RBI-single by Alex Bregman. In the bottom half, Taylor would get through the inning, giving Houston the win and series victory.

Up Next: The Astros will have a day off tomorrow before picking up a three-game set with the Diamondbacks in Arizona on Tuesday. The opening game of that series will be at 8:10 PM Central. While Arizona is expected to start Madison Bumgarner, the Astros will have to pivot as they had Framber Valdez slated for that start, who made a lengthy appearance out of the bullpen on Sunday.

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