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LSU's Orgeron steals show at TD Club of Houston

Orgeron was candid about several subjects and had great anecdotal tales. Vype

The LSU Road Tour made a stop in Houston on Wednesday at the TD Club of Houston, the school's top alumni group outside the state of Louisiana.

Coach Ed Orgeron stole the show with his home-spun personality that resonates with high school recruits across the country.

LSU talked about his big plans for local athletes Austin Deculus (Cy-Fair), K'Lavon Chaisson (North Shore), Mannie Netherly (Crosby), Grant Delpit (Lamar), Eric Monroe (North Shore) and Dominic Livingston (Aldine Davis).

Orgeron brought new offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger to talk offense and athletic director Joe Alleva to give an update on the new facilities.

But it was Orgeron who was candid about several subjects and had great anecdotal tales.

"I went on like 18 home recruiting visits last year and had 18 different gumbos," he said. "They were all different, but I couldn't turn any of them down."

When asked about new signee Dominic Livingston?

"I visited Dominic Livingston (Aldine Davis) on campus and asked what he was weighing these days?" he laughed. "He said 360-380 pounds. That's a big difference. He said he didn't have a scale that would record that much. Trust me, LSU does."

The offense was a topic and he assured fans that he knows what a tight end is and where the middle of the field is. He's heard the complaints about the offense not using either.

LSU is heavily recruiting the Houston area as well. Their biggest target is St. Pius X QB Grant Gunnell. He couldn't talk specifics about players, but did say Houston is a huge target for his program.

"We consider Houston as in-state recruiting," he said. "We've been fortunate here."


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Tigers pound Odorizzi, Astros with homers as Houston drops fourth in a row

The Astros have not looked great in their last four games. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

After watching their hot start of 6-1 cool down to a 6-4 record with three straight losses, the Astros returned to Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night, looking to do a better job at home against a beatable Tigers team.

Recent games' woes would continue, though, with Houston's pitching getting blasted by the opposing offense and their own bats primarily quiet.

Final Score: Tigers 8, Astros 2

Astros' Record: 6-5, tied for second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Matthew Boyd (2-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi (0-1)

Astros score first, then Tigers unload on Odorizzi

Houston looked to have something brewing in the bottom of the second, with three singles in the first four batters of the inning, the third an RBI-single by Myles Straw to put the Astros in front 1-0. However, Matthew Boyd would limit the damage, getting back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat.

After two easy innings for Jake Odorizzi in his regular-season debut for his new team, he would allow a game-tying solo homer to Akil Baddoo, his fourth of the year, in the top of the third. Detroit struck again in the top of the fourth, getting a leadoff double to set up a two-run go-ahead home run to jump ahead 3-1.

They didn't stop there, getting another two-run bomb later in the same inning; a frame that would take Odorizzi 31 pitches to get only one out before Houston would bring in Bryan Abreu to get the last two outs. Odorizzi's final line in his debut: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 HR, 0 BB, 4 K, 80 P.

Detroit continues home run parade, Houston loses fourth in a row

Abreu would hope to do what Luis Garcia did the night before, eat up as many innings as possible after a poor outing from Houston's starter. The Tigers would get yet another two-run homer, though, in the top of the fifth, extending their lead to 7-1, with all seven runs coming over a three-inning span. For good measure, they'd knock one more out with two outs in the top of the ninth, making it 8-1.

As far as Houston at the plate, other than their string of hits to bring in a run earlier in the second, they were getting nothing done against Boyd, who would go six and two-thirds innings. Detroit's bullpen would finish things off, despite an all-too-late sac fly by the Astros in the bottom of the ninth, with Houston dropping their fourth-straight game and continuing to lose ground in the division.

Up Next: The finale of this three-game set with Detroit will be an hour earlier on Wednesday, getting underway at 6:10 PM Central. Lance McCullers Jr. (1-0, 1.80 ERA) will try to maintain his perfect record and improve upon his two five-inning one-run starts for the Astros, going opposite of Michael Fulmer (0-0, 2.57 ERA) for the Tigers.

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