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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!

Welcome to Wednesday, I hope things are going great for everybody and today's the day you crush your week.

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

AICF and Mark Clayton Scholarship Golf Tournament, it's one part golf tournament and one part scholarship fund. I mean, it feels self explanatory. #NerdsUnite

TREADSTONE

USA Network occasionally has some great television projects so I usually pay attention when they announce or roll out something. Well this one fell under my radar somehow but it sounds fascinating. It's in development and it's called Treadstone. If that sounds familiar, it's the name of the program that created Jason Bourne in that movie franchise. So this sounds great, the idea of a show about the program making super soldiers/assassins is fascinating, there's so much you could do with a show like this. Everything from government intrigue to amnesic soldiers, to rogue agents and regulatory agencies, the stories and the drama write themselves. I'm very hopeful for the show and I'd love to see where it goes and when it comes out. This one is now officially on the watch list.

THE BIG CHANGE

All indications is that Tom King, the current writer of Batman who has been on an epic run telling a massive Batman arc for what was originally going to be around 100 issues. Allegedly, his big finale has had to be pre-approved by Warner Bros and not just the typical DC comics editorial approvals. They moved it to it's own mini series, presumably to give it more pomp and opportunity but we'll see I suppose. I'm curious what the change actually will be. I think it's going to be Batman and The Catwoman actually getting married and becoming a permanent duo. Part of the whole story has been about who is Bruce Wayne and who is Batman, and I think Bruce finding happiness at one time meant the death of Batman. Now Tom King has put Batman in a place where it doesn't. We'll see if I'm crazy or not.

THE ENDORSEMENT OF IRON MAN

Robert Downey Jr did something interesting the other day, he was at a media event of some kind and he expressed interest in having Riri Williams introduced into the Marvel Universe to fill the boots of the now deceased Tony Stark. This is the kind of endorsement and support a character like Ironheart needs to make it into the MCU, having the proud film papa (RDJ) of Marvel films saying that what the world needs in the empty shoes of Tony Stark is Riri Williams. I would love this so much. She's a great character in her own right, and she has such opportunity in the films for growth and is a solid young character that could really grow into her own franchise.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

Marvel's been making these great little docu-minis about the big important moments in the history of the X Men and I am freaking stoked for these things. They are awesome and they sort of tell these stories perfectly and set up this big X Men story that is starting next month. I think it's going to be huge, Hickman has been telling these massive crazy stories for a little while and I am so pumped to see where it all goes next. This thing feels MASSIVE, I can't wait for next month!

I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Wednesday and remind everyone to be kind to each other and try a little harder to have a great day! I'm coming back Thursday and we'll be bringing more good times your way.

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Altuve's homer starting the scoring for Houston on Friday night. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
After a solid showing to take the three of the four-game series in Arlington against the Rangers to start the week, the Astros returned home for three against the Diamondbacks in a weekend series. They would have a slow start to the opener but would ultimately come away victorious.

Final Score (10 innings): Astros 4, Diamondbacks 3

Astros' Record: 87-60, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Ryne Stanek (3-4)

Losing Pitcher: Tyler Clippard (1-1)

Bielak makes the impromptu start

With Luis Garcia having to move his start ahead by a day on Thursday instead of Friday with Framber Valdez's finger cut, Brandon Bielak made a start for Houston in the opener against Arizona. He didn't go as deep as he probably would have wanted and certainly ventured out of his comfort zone with traffic on the bases.

He loaded the bases in the top of the first, allowing a single and two walks, but was able to strand all three to keep it a scoreless game. He rebounded with a 1-2-3 second, but he dealt with a threat again in the third as back-to-back singles pressured him to start the inning. He would get back-to-back strikeouts, but that's as far as he would go as Houston moved on to Blake Taylor. Taylor got the final out of the third on one pitch, then erased a two-out double in the top of the fourth.

Altuve breaks up the no-no with a go-ahead homer

Brooks Raley took over in the top of the fifth, but in his three batters, he faced allowed a single while getting two outs before Cristian Javier took over to end the frame. Javier allowed the first run of the game in the top of the sixth, a leadoff solo homer to Kole Calhoun to put the Diamondbacks in front 1-0 before he finished the inning.

Madison Bumgarner didn't allow a single hit to the Astros through the first five and two-thirds innings. He allowed a one-out walk in the bottom of the sixth, which proved costly as Jose Altuve would get the first knock of the game for Houston, a two-run go-ahead homer. Phil Maton was the next reliever for the Astros in the top of the seventh, maintaining the new one-run lead by erasing a leadoff single.

Astros get the win in extras

The Diamondbacks tied it up in the top of the eighth against Kendall Graveman, getting a leadoff single followed by a walk, then later an RBI single to knot things up 2-2. Houston stranded a runner in the bottom of the eighth, then brought in Ryan Pressly, who tossed a 1-2-3 top of the ninth to keep the game tied.

Despite getting the winning run in scoring position with a leadoff ground-rule double by Jason Castro to start the bottom of the ninth, they would strand it as the game went to extras. Arizona scored their free runner in the top of the tenth, getting a sac fly to move it to third then going in front on an RBI single.

The Astros matched that and more in the bottom of the inning, moving their runner to third on a lineout to start the frame, followed by an intentional walk to Yordan Alvarez. Jake Meyers tied the game with an RBI single, then after another walk to load the bases, Chas McCormick was hit by a pitch to bring in the winning run, moving the Astros closer to clinching their playoff berth.

Up Next: The middle game of this three-game set will have a start time of 6:10 PM Central on Saturday. Tyler Gilbert (2-2, 3.15 ERA) is expected to make a start for Arizona, while Lance McCullers Jr. (12-4, 3.12 ERA) will be on the mound for Houston.

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