NERDS AROUND TOWN

Nerds Around Town: Zoey's Angels, comic book Friday and Swamp Thing

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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!

Here it is, the Friday edition of Nerds Around Town, you made it.

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

Zoey's Angels 8th annual Family Fun Walk is this Sunday. After the walk there are numerous events and tickets come with a plate of lunch there are all kinds of reasons to get out there and support these great people, not the smallest reason being the great cause. So get out there and help Zoey's Angels on Sunday. #NerdsUnite

STREAMING QUAGMIRE

DC Universe just cancelled its first show on its streaming service, Swamp Thing. If you recall, they were unhappy with both the expense and the direction of the show, cutting costs and rewriting the show to cut it down to 10 episodes from 13. Apparently, after just one week the announcement came down that they will air out these remaining nine episodes but that's it, series over. This isn't a great surprise to me, honestly, this was the one that most stuck out when they announced a line up. I could see the idea of a doom patrol, especially if they're doing a Titans show as they have similar themes and overlapping characters, but Swamp Thing when it was its best book was a big crazy god of the green comic book. The show was taking a southern horror vibe which is great and can be its own thing, but you could tell that same story with characters that are easier to create for the television screen.

WHILE YOU'RE OUT

So while you're running around this weekend, one place you should swing by is your local comic book shop. There are several great ones around town and there's more than likely one near you so hop in and check out some of these great titles and more. From Marvel there's lots going on with the War of the Realms stuff and all the side adventures a massive war brings on but also of note Matthew Rosenberg's run on X Men is coming to a close as they prepare for the massive Jonathan Hickman launch next month, so pick up Uncanny X Men #19 and check out how the series comes to it's rocketing conclusion. DC is in the middle of some cool storylines as well with Justice League finishing up a battle with the sixth dimension versions of their future selves and slowly kick off their "Year of the Villains", they also are in the middle of releasing Tom Taylor's what if zombie story, DCeased. It's a fun/scary run through the potential troubles of the DC Universe. Also an interesting Indy book that is well worth checking out is, Sword Daughter. Great art, Jose Villarrubia, amazing writer, Brian Wood and a very interesting story makes this one worth picking up.

ESCALATION IN VEGAS

So friend of Nerd Thug Radio, Dennis Barger has constantly pushed the definitely not a monopoly but only distributor Diamond to step their game up. In response they banned him from their summits for the next year and a half. He's a customer who is regularly in the top 20% of orders and has been pushing for such horrendous change as credit on damaged product and things of that selfish nature and they're just not happy with him. This is the kind of stuff that lets people say that the industry I love is "in trouble." I don't think it is, but I can't argue with people when stuff like this comes up. What am I supposed to say? No it isn't? Because honestly, it does make the whole thing look bad when you can't even take care of your retailers, they're the lifeblood and honestly they're Diamond's customers. What is their problem?

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

I need a fun weekend in my life, so this weekend, look out for Drunk Cory. Seriously, I haven't really pulled the pin in a little bit so stay tuned to some potentially devastating hangover horror stories in future editions of "Not That You Asked."

I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Friday and remind everyone to be kind to each other and try a little harder to have a great day! I'm coming back Monday 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. Thoughts, complaints, events and comments can be sent to corydlg@gmail.com.

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Houston couldn't keep up

Astros fall to Blue Jays as Toronto gets homer-happy

Houston's bats couldn't keep up with Toronto's Saturday night. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

With an offensive clinic in the opener on Friday night, which helped them handily defeat the Blue Jays, the Astros returned to Minute Maid Park Saturday with a chance to secure another series. Toronto had other plans, though, reversing roles with Houston by getting big home runs to even the series.

Final Score: Blue Jays 8, Astros 4

Astros' Record: 17-16, third in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Steven Matz (5-2)

Losing Pitcher: Cristian Javier (3-1)

Toronto flips the script and turns on their offense against Javier

Toronto flipped the script from the night before early in this middle game of the series, dealing damage to Cristian Javier, who so far in 2021 had been able to limit his amount of earned runs. After retiring the first four batters he faced, a one-out walk in the top of the second set up the Blue Jays' first hit of the night, a two-run home run by Cavan Biggio, giving them a 2-0 lead over Houston.

After a leadoff home run made it a 3-0 score, Javier would deal with the fallout of more walks in the top of the third, issuing two to set up a two-out two-RBI double to give the Jays a commanding 5-0 advantage. Javier would battle back and complete five full innings, getting one out into the sixth before a walk would prompt Dusty Baker to make the call to the bullpen. His final line: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 8 K, 2 HR, 91 P.

Alvarez keeps mashing as Houston tries to claw back into it

Javier would exit with at least some runs on the board in support of him, with Yordan Alvarez hitting a two-run opposite-field homer in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to three runs. Alvarez accounted for another run in the next inning, coming through with an RBI-single to make it 5-3, which is where the game stood as Andre Scrubb would take over in the top of the sixth.

Scrubb finished that inning for Javier and returned for a 1-2-3 seventh to keep it a two-run game. Bryan Abreu was the next reliever, and he, too, was able to retire the Blue Jays in order in the top of the eighth. The Astros continued to chip away at Toronto's lead, getting another run in the bottom of the inning on an RBI by Yuli Gurriel to make it 5-4 heading to the ninth.

Toronto evens the series

Brooks Raley entered to try and keep it a one-run game with a clean inning, but instead, two runners would reach on a walk and error before Joe Smith would enter to try and strand them. Instead, a two-out home run put the game back out of reach at 8-4, with Houston coming up empty in the bottom of the inning, setting up a rubber match in the finale.

Up Next: This series's third and final game will be an afternoon start of 1:10 PM Central on Sunday. Zack Greinke (2-1, 3.76 ERA) will try to add more wins to his record for Houston, while Nate Pearson will be making his 2021 debut for Toronto.

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