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Nerds Around Town: Food Banks, bad ideas and adopting a pet

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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, Sports and Wrestling. Check out the podcast replay of the FM radio show at www.nerdthugradio.com!

Hey Nerds!

Tuesday, it's a short week but let's make the most of it!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

This week we're going big with Feeding America. They work with food banks all across the country and help out putting food in people's stomachs. They have donation networks set up and even have the ability to let you create custom campaigns of your own to take the wheel and steer your own donations towards the programs Feeding America supports. This is an easy one to me, with summer coming a ton of kids don't have access to nutritional meals that they get from school during the rest of the year because obviously, they're not in school. So lets help make sure all sorts of kids are eating all year round. #NerdsUnite

OOPS

So I do a lot of research, sometimes on odd things, sometimes for no reason. Sometimes I get ideas and I chase them down and check the viability of something but overall I'm reading a ton of random stuff all the time. I found a great organization I thought that I wanted to focus the GOOD DEED OF THE DAY on, One Laptop Per Child who had the goal of making durable $100 laptops and getting them to every child in the world. It makes sense in a lot of ways, education is kind of the silver bullet to a lot of the problems of the world including gender inequality and religious violence, so if it's easier and cheaper for kids to learn then they can figure out more things on their own. So I was going to feature them, but I did some research because when I went to their website it didn't feel right, something was off. Upon doing some research I discovered that the foundation fell apart about two years ago and turned into a colossal waste of money and time, including they never actually built a $100 laptop. Wait? What? That's the whole premise. How does a company like that never even get to the point where they have the product they're discussing? If you're looking for a story in, yeah this was pretty dumb, look up the story of One Laptop Per Child. They screwed this thing up from the start.

A FOLLOW UP WITH KINGS HAWAIIAN BREAD

They have now friended me on twitter. This may be the seminal friendship of 2019, me and King's Hawaiian Bread. I did ask them to help me on a charity venture but I haven't heard back from them yet, but I honestly am still excited to be friends with the most delicious bread ever made. This is the kind of stuff that makes people excited to be alive in the twitter era!

HOUSTON ANIMAL SHELTER

So this weekend there was a bit of controversy with the Houston Animal Shelter, where they were overcrowded and needed to get as many animals adopted as possible so they made the decision to do $10 adoptions all weekend. There was noise on both sides of that decision and honestly I get both sides on this one. If you can afford to do $10 adoptions, why isn't that the norm, we know they use the money for other good stuff but it makes people feel like they're "overpaying." The flip side, if you can't afford to normally adopt a pet, then a sale isn't really all that inspiring of confidence, which is also true. Like if you need a sal, to adopt a pet then maybe a dog isn't the right choice for you. The good news is they adopted out enough animals and everything is good, the bad news is, a sale on pet adoptions isn't a great look.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

So one of my all time favorite times of the year is Summer. I love getting in pools and having a few drinks and just relaxing, it is so wonderful. I could spend all year in a pool if the weather would cooperate, which in Texas it almost does (yay climate change?), and this weekend was no different. I got to get into the pool for a friend's bday on Sunday and then get in a pool on Memorial day and do the cook out and hang out thing. I love me some time in a pool. One thing I also love is a pool party and honestly that's something I think most people my age have outgrown. There was a large group of people in the pool and they were young and played their music but were otherwise respectful and polite but it was amazing how many people sitting around the pool were upset that there was a large group. It just overall felt silly how many "adults" were bothered by these people grilling and hanging out and just having fun and being young. It was odd.

I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Tuesday and remind everyone to be kind to each other and try a little harder to have a great day! I'm coming back Wednesday and we'll be bringing more good times your way. Feel free to check out my digital short story The Wilson House or buy a shirt from Side Hustle Ts where some proceeds help fight cancer or listen to Nerd Thug Radio or support our Patreon Page. Thoughts, complaints, events and comments can be sent to corydlg@gmail.com.

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Yordan Alvarez's homer in Wednesday's game gave him 100 RBI on the season. Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Winners of three straight, six of their last seven, and eight of their last ten, the Astros had the chance to move yet another game closer to clinching their playoff spot if they could secure the series with a win against the Angels on Wednesday. Even though it looked as though they were headed towards a loss in extra innings, they would ultimately come out ahead.

Final Score (12 innings): Astros 9, Angels 5

Astros' Record: 91-61, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Yimi Garcia (4-9)

Losing Pitcher: Sam Selman (0-1)

Garcia goes six shutout innings

Although he didn't have swing-and-miss dominance in this start, Luis Garcia could still capitalize on a struggling Angels offense and post a shutout quality start against them. He allowed three walks and three hits throughout his outing but stranded all of them while getting outs on balls in play. His final line: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 79 P.

Alvarez reaches 100 RBI as Houston's offense keeps rolling

That performance had Garcia in line for the win, as two homers handed him a 3-0 advantage which he held. Houston once again used early offense to take a first-inning lead, as a leadoff walk by Jose Altuve turned into a monster 456-foot by Yordan Alvarez, pushing him to 100 RBI on the season. The score held at 2-0 until the top of the fifth, when Jason Castro led that frame off with a solo homer to extend the lead to three runs.

Extras in Anaheim

Phil Maton was first out of Houston's bullpen in the bottom of the seventh, but a single, double, and walk loaded the bases with no outs to put him in a jam. A lineout kept the runners put for the first out, but a single and a walk would make it a one-run game and left the bases loaded as Maton would get pulled.

Kendall Graveman entered to try and stop the bleeding, but after a force out at home to put that within reach, Jack Mayfield came through for Los Angeles with a go-ahead three-run double, giving the Angels their first lead of the series at 5-3. In the top of the eighth, a walk by Alex Bregman brought Alvarez back to the plate, and he would nearly miss a game-tying homer and instead got an RBI-single to make it 5-4.

Alvarez would still come in to tie the game, hustling home from second on an RBI single by Yuli Gurriel to knot things up 5-5. Brooks Raley was Houston's next reliever, and he sat down LA in order with two strikeouts. Still tied in the bottom of the ninth, Ryan Pressly came in to force extras, and despite being shadowed by the winning run on the bases after a leadoff single, retired the next three batters to send the game to the tenth.

Astros keep battling and take it in the twelfth

Jake Meyers took second base as Houston's free runner in the top of the tenth, but he would go nowhere as the Astros went down in order, giving the Angels another chance at a walk-off. Instead of giving Shohei Ohtani a free pass immediately, Houston would let Blake Taylor throw two balls to him before giving him the intentional walk.

Taylor then gave up a single to load the bases with no outs, and after getting a force out at home for the first out, Yimi Garcia would replace him. Thanks to a great play by Chas McCormick, giving him multiple in the game, the Astros would live to see another inning as he would make a great catch in right field and then throw out Ohtani at home.

In the top of the eleventh, a sac fly by Yuli Gurriel moved Aledmys Diaz to third, but that's as close as Houston would come, leaving them stuck at five runs. After Garcia retired three more batters in the bottom of the eleventh, the game moved to the twelfth, where Houston would get back in front on an RBI single by Jake Meyers, then padded the new lead on a two-RBI double by Jose Altuve, who would also score on a sac fly by Alex Bregman, making it 9-5. Josh James came in and wrapped things up in the bottom half as Houston secured the series victory and reduced their magic number to two against Oakland and three against Seattle.

Up Next: The finale of this four-game series, and the last time these two teams will meet this year, will be an 8:38 PM Central start on Thursday. The expected pitching matchup is Alex Cobb (8-3, 3.59 ERA) for Los Angeles and Lance McCullers Jr. (12-4, 3.11 ERA) for Houston.

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