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Nerds Around Town: Lord of the Rings, Runaways and Amazon streaming

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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!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

This weekend, The Houston Community Warriors are hosting a dinner to support the Houston Foodbank. I'm going to get details but for today what I want you to know about this is that it supports Houston Foodbank who is absolutely one of the good guys. Go donate and help support them if you can't go to the dinner. IF you can then do both and be extra awesome.

LORD OF THE WHAT?

Overall, there aren't a ton of successful fan favorite Amazon Prime shows, it feels like the streaming aspect of the Amazon Prime account is sort of a back feature, less relevant than the free shipping and access to tons of old free stuff. It's honestly hard to figure out the whole strategy for Amazon, who is producing content for themselves at a good pace, but they aren't having as many massive hits (The Boys aside) as the other services. Part of it is the decision making at the top end probably, case in point, The Lord of the Rings television series that is in production currently has been green lit for a second season and they haven't finished filming the first and second episode yet. But even stranger, they are going to take a four to five-month break after filming the first two episodes which they plan to use to lay out the second season of the show? What on earth is going on here?

DOWN GOES RUNAWAYS

Another lower tier Marvel show has bit the dust, The Runaways. The show has been well done but it started to get a little too big for a streaming series with two sets of casts, the parents and the kids. I can see where as a show it was starting to get too big to continue shooting. Also most streaming shows don't get to a fourth season, I've seen some rumblings about fourth and/or fifth seasons being where producers start to make good money off of their investment in series and selling the licensing and re-airings and all of that. I'm not sure yet if that connects to the streaming stuff but it's worth mentioning. Also the pitch concept of Runaways is brilliant, a group of kids discover their parents are a cabal of super villains. How awesome is that!? Please read the comics and check it all out.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

Making the first issue of my comic book was awesome, but honestly making the second issue has been road block after road block, it's been frustrating. Without going into details and calling people out, and honestly it isn't even anything malicious, it's just problem after problem. This is where it becomes work, but I still love it, stay tuned guys, big things coming.

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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Houston's losing streak extended to five games

With key Astros missing, Detroit completes the series sweep

An overall bad day for the Astros on Wednesday. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

On Wednesday afternoon, the Astros received a big blow to their chances in the series finale against Detroit and potentially longer. Five players: Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez, Martin Maldonado, and Robel Garcia would all be moved to the IL due to health and safety protocols, leaving them scrambling to get a whole team together for the game against the Tigers.

The Astros would not be able to overcome both the loss of players and the onslaught of another strong start by Detroit in Wednesday's game which put them too far out front for Houston to come back from to avoid a series sweep.

Final Score: Tigers 6, Astros 4

Astros' Record: 6-6, third in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Michael Fulmer (1-0)

Losing Pitcher: Lance McCullers Jr. (1-1)

Tigers knock out another starter early

Detroit continued their success of making Houston's starter work hard in early innings, getting after Lance McCullers Jr., and giving him an early exit. After a lengthy fist, they broke through in the second getting two hits, a walk, a hit batter, and an RBI groundout to put up three runs on 34 pitches.

He would have a quicker 1-2-3 third, but after giving up a single, a walk, and hitting another batter to load the bases and reach 87 pitches, he would be removed in favor of Joe Smith. Smith would allow all three of the inherited runners to score, adding those runs to McCullers Jr.'s final line: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 87 P.

Astros try to claw back into it

After Smith would go on to load the bases again in the inning, still with two outs, Houston made another pitching change to bring in Brandon Bielak to get the third out and stop the bleeding at 6-0. The Astros would get on the board in the fifth, getting a runner on base to set up a two-run homer by Jason Castro to cut the lead to 6-2.



Bielak remained in the game to try and eat up as many innings as possible. While he continued to hold the Tigers to their six runs through the six innings, the Astros clawed back into the game. In the bottom of the sixth, Houston put their first two batters on base with a walk and single before an RBI-single by Yuli Gurriel to make it 6-3. They would threaten for more but be held there for the time being.

Astros can't cash in, Tigers complete sweep

Ryne Stanek was Houston's next reliever in the top of the seventh, getting a 1-2-3 frame to keep it a three-run game, as did Brooks Raley in the eighth. In the home part of the inning, the Astros put their first two runners on base on an error and a walk, then loaded them with a one-out single by Carlos Correa. They'd waste their chance to make something happen, though, with an inning-ending double-play.

Ryan Pressly, who had no save opportunities in recent games, entered to get some work in the top of the ninth. He worked around a leadoff double for a scoreless inning, sending the 6-3 game to the bottom of the ninth. The Astros had yet another chance to make something happen, loading the bases with no outs to bring the go-ahead run to the plate. After two outs, Yuli Gurriel would bring one run in with a walk, but that's as close as they'd come, extending their losing streak to five games and getting swept by the Tigers.

Up Next: Houston will get a much-needed day off tomorrow to try and leave this poor homestand behind them. They'll pick things up in Seattle on Friday, with first pitch of the opener of three games at 9:10 PM Central. The expected pitching matchup is Jose Urquidy (0-1, 5.23 ERA) for the Astros and Yusei Kikuchi (0-0, 3.75 ERA) for the Mariners.

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