The Houston Astros, as I mentioned in my last post, are a team that is going absolutely nowhere this season. This past week, they lost three of four games in a four game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. They were shut out the first two games of the series an lost in dramatic fashion again on Thursday, July 4th. Sure, the Rays are playoff contenders and are far and away better than our local 9. However, the Astros are a Major League Baseball team and did not put up any fight the first two games of the series. Monday, July 1, the Astros lost to the Rays to a whopping score of 12-0. Tuesday they didn’t fare much better, losing 8-0. Tuesdays game I don’t feel as bad about losing to Cy Young Award winner David Price. I think we all knew the outcome of this game heading into it. The third game on July 3rd, actually went the Stros way, as they went on to beat Tampa Bay 4-1, with Leftfielder/First Baseman Chris Carter slamming two homeruns, including a massive 3 run tie breaking homerun in the 7th inning. Lastly, Thursdays contest on July 4th provided plenty of fireworks. Unfortunately for the Astros, They lost in eleven innings. They tied the score at 1 in the 4th inning when Brett Wallace smashed his 2nd homerun of the season into the Landrys Crawford Boxes in left field. Later on in the 6th, They took the lead with Jake Elmore’s sacrifice fly to deep right field to score Brandon Bsrnes. Unfortunately on this play, the Astros youth caught up to them, as Jimmy Paredes, who was on second base, did not tag up and advance on the play. Luckily for him, the Astros couldn’t muster anymore offense in the inning so no harm no foul. Late in the game, the Rays took a 5-2 lead with a Yunel Escobar double to seep centerfield. With the game already being the 8th inning, the punchless Astros are usually very unlikely to make a comeback. Not so fast says Brett Wallace, as he slammed his 2nd homerun of the day to tie the game at five a piece. That would be in for the Astros offensively as the Rays took the lead once again in the 11th inning. The Astros lost the series, and aside from the first two games of the series, they provided some good baseball against one of baseball’s better teams. Unfortunately, the schedule does not gat any easier, as they travel to Arlington to take on the Texas Rangers Friday through Sunday. We’ll have a weekend recap coming on monday. Baseball is a funny game. Who knows, maybe they will surprise us all and themselves and take the series vs the Rangers. We shall see.