THE PUB CRAWL

Sports fans come together for inaugural ESPN 97.5 Houston Sports Pub Crawl

Sports fans come together for inaugural ESPN 97.5 Houston Sports Pub Crawl
The Be Someone shirt was all over downtown. SportsMap staff

Normally you'd be hard pressed to find a UT and an Aggie fan sharing a beer on a fall Saturday afternoon. Splitting that same table with a few hockey fans just confuses the situation even further. And yet, up and down Main Street similar scenarios played out this past Saturday at the first annual Houston Sports Pub crawl.

Sponsored by ESPN 97.5, Sportsmap 94.1, and It's A Houston Thing apparel, the pub crawl began at 3 p.m. Participants arrived in a myriad of sports jerseys and checked in at Dean's Downtown where they received a special edition pub crawl t-shirt featuring The iconic “Be Someone” graffiti bridge overhanging I-45 south, as well as a matching cup, wristband, and koozie.

Upon checking in, pub crawlers were encouraged to check out any of the 10 participating bars including El Big Bad, Molly's, and Bovine and Barley where they enjoyed $3 drink specials throughout and had the opportunity to interact with local on air talent from ESPN 97.5.

“It's a really cool concept,” said pub crawl participant Hector Alfero. “It's cool to come out and meet fellow Houston sports fans over a beer.”

The pub crawl lasted three hours even after the check in tents were taken down most participants lingered up and down mainstreet well after 6 p.m.

“Me and my buddies usually drink when we're watching sports,” Alfero continued. “It only makes sense that we would come check out a sports related pub crawl.”

Judging from the enthusiastic reception the event garnered, it seems like it's only a matter of time before sports fans will have another opportunity to meet up and drink up.

 

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Yordan Alvarez had four hits on Tuesday night. Composite Getty Image.

Salvador Perez hit a game-ending single in the 10th inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Houston Astros 4-3 on Tuesday night for their fifth consecutive victory.

Garrett Hampson began the Kansas City 10th on second as the automatic runner, replacing Vinnie Pasquantino. Hampson raced home when Perez led off the inning with a single to center against Wander Suero (0-1).

“We’re gonna play hard,” Perez said. “We’re gonna do our best, especially right now. We've got new comfort.”

James McArthur (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

Perez and Nelson Velázquez each had two hits for the Royals. Bobby Witt Jr. and Maikel Garcia each drove in a run.

Nick Anderson, Chris Stratton, John Schreiber and McArthur combined for five scoreless innings of four-hit ball in relief of Royals starter Cole Ragans.

“These guys are incredible,” Ragans said of the bullpen. “They pitched incredible. They kept us right there. That’s really, really big.”

Witt's biggest contribution may have been a diving stop on a two-out single by Jeremy Peña in the top of the 10th. Had the ball gotten past the young shortstop, the Astros likely would have taken the lead.

“I thought it did have a chance of going through,” Peña said. “I’ll shout out to Bobby Witt. (He) made a nice play.”

Yordan Alvarez had four hits and two RBIs for Houston, which had won two in a row. Peña had two hits and scored a run.

The Astros loaded the bases with three straight singles to start the first inning, but Ragans limited the damage to a run-scoring fielder’s choice for Yainer Diaz.

“I don’t think (Ragans) had his best stuff,” Royals manager Matt Quatraro said. “That’s a good lineup, and they made him work. (But) if we turn that double play in the first or he’s able to get Alvarez out one of those times with two strikes, he’s coming out of there with one or maybe no runs. Credit to him really."

Alvarez singled in Peña with two out in the second, and then doubled home Mauricio Dubón in the fourth.

Ragans surrendered 10 hits in five innings for Kansas City. He struck out five and walked one.

Houston went 5 for 18 with runners in scoring position and left 13 runners on base.

“We had some opportunities to get some guys in (with) less than two outs," Houston manager Joe Espada said. "We just couldn’t capitalize.”

Houston right-hander Cristian Javier was charged with three runs, two earned, and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked three.

Maikel Garcia’s sacrifice fly in the fifth stopped Javier’s scoreless streak at 15 innings to start the season. Witt drove in Hunter Renfroe with a two-out triple, and then scored on an error on third baseman Alex Bregman.

TRANSACTIONS

Astros: Placed LHP Framber Valdez on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation. They selected the contract of Suero from Triple-A Sugar Land to take his place. The Astros also recalled LHP Parker Mushinski from Sugar Land and optioned RHP Blair Henley to the minors. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Astros transferred RHP Oliver Ortega to the 60-day IL.

Royals: Acquired RHP Colin Selby from Pittsburgh for minor league pitcher Connor Oliver. To make room on the 40-man roster for Selby, LHP Josh Taylor was moved to the 60-day IL. The Royals also signed RHP Zach Davies to a minor league deal.

UP NEXT

The Astros and Royals continue their three-game series Wednesday. RHP Spencer Arrighetti will make his major league debut for Houston against Seth Lugo (1-0, 0.71 ERA).

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