In Wednesday afternoon MLB action, the San Francisco Giants and Houston Astros will conclude their series from Minute Maid Park. Last night, SP Andrew Suarez was tagged for seven hits and five runs during an 11-2 defeat. Brandon Crawford provided the only offense with a two-run blast for the Giants, who trail Colorado by 2.5 games for the NL West Division lead.
Veteran right-hander Jeff Samardzija (1-2 6.30 ERA) will head to the hill for the Giants in this contest. San Francisco has lost each of Samardzija’s last three starts and he has allowed 13 runs over his last 16 plus frames.
The defending World Series champion Houston Astros have won five of their last six games and are 13 games above .500 overall. On Tuesday, SP Gerrit Cole (5-1) struck out eight batters over six frames to earn the win. Tont Kemp had two hits and drove in five runs for Houston, who leads Seattle by 2.5 games for the AL West Division lead.
Dominant right-hander Justin Verlander (5-2 1.05 ERA) will make his 11th start of the season for the Astros. Last time out, Verlander went the distance and struck out seven batters during a 2-0 road victory against the Angels.