HOUSTON - The Giants did exactly what you might have expected during their 48 hours at Minute Maid Park.
A day after getting blown out by Gerrit Cole and the Astros, the lineup managed just one run off Justin Verlander, the MLB ERA leader, falling 4-1. A couple of mistakes proved costly. Andrew McCutchen made an error in right that cost Jeff Samardzija a run, and Samardzija grooved a slider to George Springer that shot out of the yard for a two-run homer.
The Giants got outscored 15-3 by the reigning champs. They'll see them again in August. Here's what else you need to know from the mini-sweep…
- Houston's first run was a strange one. Carlos Correa singled with one out, but Samardzija appeared to be out of the inning when Yuli Gurriel hit a high pop-up to shallow right. McCutchen ran 108 feet to get under the ball but then whiffed on the catch attempt, and Correa scored all the way from first. That's the second time McCutchen has done that this season, his first in right.
- Samardzija led the Giants last season with 14 starts that lasted at least seven innings. He has yet to do it this season in seven appearances. In 4 2/3 innings, Samardzija was charged with four runs - three earned - on four hits and five walks.
- Will Smith has been really good. He pitched 1 1/3 perfect frames in relief of Samardzija and he still has not allowed an earned run in 10 appearances since returning from Tommy John.
- Pablo Sandoval faced Verlander twice. He did not homer. He grounded out to third and flied out to left.