The Orioles couldnt hit with runners in scoring position against Houston, failing to give starter Kevin Gausman any run support on this Friday night. The Orioles traveled to Houston to kick off a three-game weekend series against the Astros on Friday. Kevin Gausman took the mound and pitched a gem, but the offense was nowhere to be found on this night in Texas.
The San Francisco Giants have been a bad baseball team in 2017. After an awful 12-24 start, they had played a little better, winning three series in a row -- three of four against the Cincinnati Reds, two of three against the Los Angeles Dodgers, two of three against the St. Louis Cardinals. This tough stretch of games then headed to Wrigley Field, and after winning the series opener, the Giants lost the final three, including a 5-1 loss Thursday as Jeff Samardzija served up three home runs and the offense scraped out just five hits even while striking out only one time. Samardzija continues to frustrate, posting terrific peripheral numbers -- he had eight strikeouts in seven innings on Thursday and has a season strikeout-to-walk ratio of 79-to-11 -- but hasn't been terrific at limiting runs.
HOUSTON – This was Justin Verlander’s game. His team was trying for a split against one of the best teams in baseball. They were on the road, nearing the midway point of a mighty tough road trip and early on, the Detroit Tigers’ resurgent offense spotted their ace right-hander a three-run lead. Verlander was terrific through three innings, cruising at 32 pitches. Then the fourth inning rolled around and he lost the game. A walk. A home run. A single. A home run. A few batters later, another home run. The lead? Gone. Sure, they would catch up. They would lose in somewhat back-breaking fashion, when righty reliever Alex Wilson allowed a home run in the bottom of the eighth inning, falling 7-6 to