SUMMER ON THE PITCH

A one of a kind workout at Sphere


Sphere is here to change the game. Sphere is a soccer-inspired concept designed by Michael Chabala, former Dynamo soccer player. His focus is on the quality of play, rather than minutes on the field, connecting people, and doing more with a ball than just scoring goals.

I've heard about Sphere for some time now and would often see people wearing the shirts. I finally decided it was time to check them out. When I first walked into Sphere, I was a little nervous. It had been a while since I played soccer. But good thing about the class, no soccer skill was required, and everyone was super friendly and welcoming. People were introducing themselves to me and my friend. It was then that I realized each class is focused on teamwork and making friends on and off the pitch. Sphere believes this is where players become friends, friends become teammates, and teammates become family.

The class was awesome. My friend and I took a "45" class. It was a great combination of working the entire body, especially abs and cardio. The class is definitely one of a kind. It was such a cool atmosphere on the pitch, they lower the lights, and blast the music. It's a party in the room for sure! Your workout is coordinated with the beats of the music. The instructors are so passionate, they make you feel that you want to work out hard. The class was a combination of body weight exercises, using a small resistance band, cardio, and abs. If you're looking for a great new way to work out, this is it. My friend and I were army crawling at one point, but by the end of the class we were dripping sweat, high-fiving all of our teammates, and feeling great!

There are several different classes to choose from. So, whether you are the avid soccer player, or don't play soccer at all, there is a class for everyone. Be sure to go to https://www.sphere.club/ , to check out the schedule of classes and times.

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Carlos Correa had a big home run Saturday night. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

With four wins in a row, including the first two of this series, Houston had a chance to keep their momentum going to lock up a series win on Saturday in this four-game set. Although Texas would make it interesting late, the Astros would hold them off to get the victory.

Final Score: Astros 6, Rangers 5

Astros' Record: 23-17, second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Luis Garcia (1-3)

Losing Pitcher: Dane Dunning (2-3)

Action in the first

After getting trounced the night prior, the Rangers managed to grab early momentum with a run to start the scoring Saturday night against Luis Garcia. It came after a one-out triple set up a sac fly, giving Texas a 1-0 lead. Houston quickly took control back in their favor, though, putting up four in the bottom of the inning on a two-RBI single by Alex Bregman and a two-run homer by Carlos Correa, making it 4-1 Astros.

The scoreboard went quiet after that inning, with both teams slowing down at the plate. Garcia put together a decent night, allowing just the one run over five innings of work, erasing some runners throughout the night. His final line: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 94 P.

Rangers tighten it up late

Bryan Abreu was the first reliever to enter for Houston, taking over for Garcia in the top of the sixth. He worked around a leadoff single, keeping it a three-run game, then returned for a 1-2-3 top of the seventh. Correa led off with a double in the bottom of the inning, setting up a two-run Kyle Tucker homer, extending his recent hot streak and the lead to 6-1.

Ryne Stanek took over on the mound for Houston in the top of the eighth but worked himself into trouble with a single and walk to set up a three-run homer by Joey Gallo to make it a two-run game at 6-4. He would manage just one out before a walk would prompt Dusty Baker to move on to Brandon Bielak. Bielak would allow a run while getting the final two outs, making it 6-5.

Astros secure the series

After a scoreless bottom of the eighth, Ryan Pressly would try to notch another save and close the door on the Rangers. He would get the job done, sitting the Rangers down in order, keeping Houston's winning streak intact.

Up Next: The finale of this four-game set will start at 1:10 PM Central on Sunday. Lance McCullers JR. (3-1, 3.10 ERA), fresh off of a recent gem, will look to continue his success for the Astros, while Kyle Gibson (3-0, 2.28) will try to stay perfect on the season for the Rangers.

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