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Nerds Around Town: Lame superheroes, new video games and Hybrids

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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!

Hey Nerds! It's August! Let's start this month strong!!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

Make sure to get over to The West Bar and Grill on August 4th. They are supporting 13yr old Kobee Cohen, who having previously defeated Rhabdomayosarcoma recently suffered a return of the disease and now it is in his brain. Looking towards hospice care, the family needs financial aid and support during this difficult time. There will be a raffle and donations for the raffle are still being accepted, everyone is welcome to attend and I'm encouraging them to do so!

SOME INDIEGOGO LOVE

So as I've entered the world of Indy comic creators, I've come across a lot of cool projects and one worth discussing is Luke Stone's Hybrids. Right now he's crowdfunding the third issue on Indiegogo and could use some love, so check him out. It's a cool series with some spectacular art, and some really interesting characters. I particularly love the big guy they call Trashman, I love the codename, because he takes out the trash, get it? There are some cool characters and they conversation is believable, it flows nicely, this is a good team book worth picking up. Hybrids #3 is being crowdfunded right now!!

MEMORIES

So one of my favorite nerd websites did a thing about the worst X Men ever and nearly all of them come from the era where I was reading comic books, Maggot, Marrow, Joseph, Nate Grey and Adam X in particular. These were just absolutely terrible characters to be fair, but they were the characters in the comic book as I was in my teenage years and these were the characters that I remember as being part of this really cool X Men line up. Now fast forward 15ish years and honestly, yes they are all terrible characters but they were awesome back then, I swear! It's funny how awful our tastes used to be and how we only remember them as these great things.

NEW GAME SEASON

We're coming up on the 2k20 round of games over the next two months and while I'm always excited about this time, I'm also a little uneasy about this time. Usually you're just getting the games for the updated rosters, you're not even getting that many new or great features, which is disappointing. I hope they make enough changes year to year to justify buying a new game every year but the truth is, they probably didn't. Not only didn't they make enough changes, they probably also weren't able to fix all the bugs in the game, as every year you find some weird glitch that screws up the great team you were building. One year in Madden it was having too many created players, another year in NBA 2K it was having contracts that decreased in value over time and in 2K18 it was having too many overseas players held on your roster, all of these would crash your season and ruin your night.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

When I don't sleep well I develop a cough that takes me forever to get rid of and I have it right now and it drives me freaking crazy. I hate this damn cough more than anything I ever see or deal with health wise. It takes literally two or three weeks to get totally over this cough and it's so aggravating. Anyway, I'm done complaining, I have to go cough.

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 dropped two of three

Astros drop series finale to Oakland, A's win series

Jose Urquidy couldn't hold Oakland back on Saturday. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

With Oakland finally ending their drought against the Astros on Friday night to split the first two games of the series, and with the Angels staying in step with them as both teams started the day 6-2, the Astros needed a win to keep momentum in their favor on Saturday.

Instead, Oakland would outslug Houston once again to take the series finale and take the series win. The loss moves Houston to 6-3 and down to second place, at least for now, until the 6-2 Angels complete their game on Saturday evening.

Final Score: A's 7, Astros 3

Astros' Record: 6-3, second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Frankie Montas (1-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (0-1)

Urquidy gives up four over six

Much like the night before, Oakland was able to bring in runs against Houston's starter, this time Jose Urquidy, Saturday afternoon in their second time through the order. Their first time through, Urquidy was cruising, allowing just one baserunner in the first three innings on a single in the top of the third.

Things shifted in the top of the fourth, with the A's getting back-to-back singles to set the stage for a two-run frame with dual RBI-singles to take a 2-0 lead. Oakland doubled that in the fifth, getting a two-out single to set up a two-run homer by Ramon Laureano to make it 4-0. Urquidy would go on to finish six innings, but with no run support to that point, would leave in line for the loss. His final line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 93 P.

A's pad their lead before Houston gets on the board

Meanwhile, although getting five hits, the Astros could not get anything on the board against Frankie Montas through six innings. Brandon Bielak took over out of the bullpen for Urquidy in the top of the seventh, but after loading the bases, he would allow a dagger two-RBI single to make it a 6-0 deficit for Houston.

With Montas starting the seventh looking to face a batter or two before Oakland moved to their bullpen, Kyle Tucker would finally get Houston on the board with a leadoff solo home run, cutting the lead to 6-1 and ending Montas' day. Houston would get a two-out rally going, with an RBI-double by Jose Altuve followed by an RBI-triple by Michael Brantley to make it a three-run game at 6-3.

Oakland takes the series win

Ryne Stanek tried to keep it a three-run game and give the Astros a chance to stay in it in the top of the eighth but instead would give up a two-out solo home run to push Oakland's lead back to four. That 7-3 score would go final as Houston would go scoreless in the eighth and ninth.

Up Next: Houston will have a day off on Sunday before continuing this homestand Monday night by welcoming in Detroit and former manager A.J. Hinch for three games. In the series opener, the Tigers will send young star Casey Mize (0-0, 2.25 ERA) to the mound, while the Astros will get another start by Zack Greinke (1-0, 1.38 ERA).

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