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Coming out of Summer Slam, it seems WWE is focusing on a solid new direction with Seth Rollins beating Brock Lesnar cleanly. Then having AJ Styles show up and challenge him on Raw the very next night. It's interesting to me that after a few years of ignoring The Bullet Club even existed they are now having AJ, Gallows and Anderson invite Balor into the "OC" during Summer Slam which is still a terrible name but is essentially the WWE Bullet Club. The Miz and Dolph's match was short as it should be at this point with Dolph just begging for more punishment afterwards, what are they going for with this angle? Rey and Andrade put on a great two falls match, they are now consistently putting on a great show every week but it's time to have them fight some other people it feels like. The match between Cedric Alexander and Drew Mcintyre was fantastic and it's great to see some new faces on TV these past few weeks. No Way Jose has absolutely no way to ever being a relevant wrestler, after being squashed again on television for the umpteenth time, this time by Bobby Roode. The Women's Tag Title match was great, it's fantastic to see Alexa Bliss in action again and I think a tag run is great for her because it keeps her elevated amongst the women's division without making her the focus of matches, limiting injury opportunities for her which is smart. The finish of Raw with Braun Strowman handing the title back to Seth Rollins, was a great hero turn.

Smackdown came out swinging managing to fit a lot into the two hour show. From the massive surprise return of Sasha Banks, to the final meeting between Roman Reigns and Rowan there was a lot to talk about. Sasha returning is incredibly interesting for several reasons most notably she's seemed unhappy on social media and with her contract ending late this year it seemed like she was angling to get to AEW and leave WWE behind. Tonight may signal a big change from those positions. The Kevin Owens match against Samoa Joe was an entertaining hard match and his turn into face is going great, which is a surprise because he is a great heel on the mic. Turning Shane into a great villain for Kevin to play off is really the key ingredient for this push. The Roman Reigns story is honestly not that interesting to me but it's working for guys like Buddy who get to have a match. The Revival and The New Day aren't anywhere near as exciting as say New Day vs the Usos and honestly, I think it's time to start looking for somewhere else for the guys from the Revival to land. Overall this week was a lot better than the last few weeks have been.

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Houston's losing streak extended to five games

With key Astros missing, Detroit completes the series sweep

An overall bad day for the Astros on Wednesday. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

On Wednesday afternoon, the Astros received a big blow to their chances in the series finale against Detroit and potentially longer. Five players: Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez, Martin Maldonado, and Robel Garcia would all be moved to the IL due to health and safety protocols, leaving them scrambling to get a whole team together for the game against the Tigers.

The Astros would not be able to overcome both the loss of players and the onslaught of another strong start by Detroit in Wednesday's game which put them too far out front for Houston to come back from to avoid a series sweep.

Final Score: Tigers 6, Astros 4

Astros' Record: 6-6, third in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Michael Fulmer (1-0)

Losing Pitcher: Lance McCullers Jr. (1-1)

Tigers knock out another starter early

Detroit continued their success of making Houston's starter work hard in early innings, getting after Lance McCullers Jr., and giving him an early exit. After a lengthy fist, they broke through in the second getting two hits, a walk, a hit batter, and an RBI groundout to put up three runs on 34 pitches.

He would have a quicker 1-2-3 third, but after giving up a single, a walk, and hitting another batter to load the bases and reach 87 pitches, he would be removed in favor of Joe Smith. Smith would allow all three of the inherited runners to score, adding those runs to McCullers Jr.'s final line: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 87 P.

Astros try to claw back into it

After Smith would go on to load the bases again in the inning, still with two outs, Houston made another pitching change to bring in Brandon Bielak to get the third out and stop the bleeding at 6-0. The Astros would get on the board in the fifth, getting a runner on base to set up a two-run homer by Jason Castro to cut the lead to 6-2.



Bielak remained in the game to try and eat up as many innings as possible. While he continued to hold the Tigers to their six runs through the six innings, the Astros clawed back into the game. In the bottom of the sixth, Houston put their first two batters on base with a walk and single before an RBI-single by Yuli Gurriel to make it 6-3. They would threaten for more but be held there for the time being.

Astros can't cash in, Tigers complete sweep

Ryne Stanek was Houston's next reliever in the top of the seventh, getting a 1-2-3 frame to keep it a three-run game, as did Brooks Raley in the eighth. In the home part of the inning, the Astros put their first two runners on base on an error and a walk, then loaded them with a one-out single by Carlos Correa. They'd waste their chance to make something happen, though, with an inning-ending double-play.

Ryan Pressly, who had no save opportunities in recent games, entered to get some work in the top of the ninth. He worked around a leadoff double for a scoreless inning, sending the 6-3 game to the bottom of the ninth. The Astros had yet another chance to make something happen, loading the bases with no outs to bring the go-ahead run to the plate. After two outs, Yuli Gurriel would bring one run in with a walk, but that's as close as they'd come, extending their losing streak to five games and getting swept by the Tigers.

Up Next: Houston will get a much-needed day off tomorrow to try and leave this poor homestand behind them. They'll pick things up in Seattle on Friday, with first pitch of the opener of three games at 9:10 PM Central. The expected pitching matchup is Jose Urquidy (0-1, 5.23 ERA) for the Astros and Yusei Kikuchi (0-0, 3.75 ERA) for the Mariners.

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