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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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Houston loses to end the road trip

Dodgers get best of Odorizzi to split series with Astros

Jake Odorizzi allowed four home runs over three innings against the Dodgers on Wednesday. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

After spoiling the night of many Dodgers fans in the opener of this two-game series in Los Angeles the night prior, the Astros returned to the stadium to a fresh set of hostile fans, looking to get the mini-sweep. This one went much more in favor of the home team, though, as the Dodgers would ride three big innings to start the game to the win for the series split.

Final Score: Dodgers 7, Astros 5

Astros' Record: 65-43, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Max Scherzer (9-4)

Losing Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi (4-6)

Odorizzi gets shelled

After a Michael Brantley solo home in the top of the first run against Max Scherzer, making his Dodger debut, it looked like the Astros may continue their momentum from the night before to grab hold of this game as well. However, that all changed in the bottom of the inning, as the Dodgers would tee off against Jake Odorizzi.

In that inning, he allowed four runs, a leadoff solo shot by Mookie Betts, then later a three-run blast by Will Smith. Betts made it 2-for-2 with solo homers in the bottom of the second, extending the lead to 5-1. Things went from bad to worse in the third, with Los Angeles getting their fourth home run, this one for two runs to make it a 7-1 game. Odorizzi would finish the third but go no further.

Scherzer K's 10 over seven innings in his Dodger debut

Houston tried to start clawing back into it in the top of the fourth, getting a second run against Scherzer with a two-out RBI-single by Kyle Tucker, trimming the lead to five runs at 5-2. First out of Houston's bullpen was Yimi Garcia in the bottom of the fourth, and he tossed the first 1-2-3 inning for Houston. Rafael Montero was next in the bottom of the fifth, working around a leadoff double followed by a walk for a scoreless inning.

Montero remained in the game in the bottom of the sixth, still 7-2, and would get another scoreless inning, this time sitting down the Dodgers in order. Scherzer finished his quality debut for his new team in the top of the seventh, erasing a leadoff walk to complete seven innings while allowing two runs.

Astros lose to split the series with Dodgers

Brooks Raley was Houston's next reliever, and he, too, would get through a scoreless inning by erasing a two-out single. In the game-within-the-game, the Dodgers brought in Joe Kelly for the top of the eighth, who notched two strikeouts to bring none other than Carlos Correa to the plate, setting up a rematch of the well-known incident that led to the "pouty face" clip from 2020. Carlos Correa won this round, launching a 405-foot homer off of Kelly to make it a four-run game at 7-3.

Phil Maton kept the score there, stranding two runners in the bottom of the eighth to send the 7-3 game to the top of the ninth, where the Dodgers would bring in Kenley Jansen. After a leadoff single, Kyle Tucker would get the Astros within two runs on a two-run homer, making it 7-5. That's as close as they would get, as Jansen would regroup to get the next three batters out to wrap up the loss for Houston.

Up Next: With this road trip completed, the Astros will have a quick turnaround as they catch a late flight back to Houston then turn around with a game Thursday at 7:10 PM Central to open a four-game series with the Twins. Framber Valdez (7-2, 3.01 ERA) will take the mound for Houston in the opener, while Minnesota will counter with Griffin Jax (1-1, 6.41 ERA).

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