Jeff Samardzija fanned 11 while allowing two runs over six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Rockies.
Thanks to three straight fine outings at the finish, Samardzija's inconsistent regular season concludes with a 12-11 record and a 3.81 ERA. It figured that he'd strikeout out more than 7.4 batters per nine innings in his return to the NL, but he was an above average starter, if not as much above average as the Giants were hoping for.
Miguel Gonzalez pitched 8 1/3 innings of three-hit ball in the White Sox's 1-0 win over the Rays on Wednesday.
The Orioles chose to save $4 million by cutting Gonzalez this spring. It's a mistake that might cost them the wild card, as Gonzalez posted a 3.73 ERA in 23 starts (and one relief appearance) for the White Sox. Orioles starters have a 4.80 ERA at the moment.
Blake Snell pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings before a rain delay ended his start Wednesday against the White Sox.
It was shaping up as a strong one for Snell; he had struck out four and allowed just one hit before play was halted. Barring an appearance on short rest this weekend, he'll conclude his rookie season 6-8 with a 3.54 ERA. He struck out 98 in 89 innings, but he also walked 51.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he expects Mike Trout (shoulder) to play in Friday's series opener against the Astros.
Trout left Wednesday night's series finale with the Athletics after taking a John Axford fastball off his left shoulder blade in the bottom of the eighth inning. He was in visible pain as he made his way into the dugout with a trainer, but the star center fielder escaped with nothing more than a bad bruise. Trout was 1-for-4 with a run scored Wednesday before departing. He's batting .318/.441/.556 in 156 games this season.
Todd Frazier hit his 40th homer off the Rays' Eddie Gamboa during Wednesday's win.
It was the only run of the game for either team. Frazier has done absolutely nothing offensively besides hit home runs this year, but it's pretty much impossible to be a bad player while hitting 40 homers and playing quality defense. Frazier's OPS currently stands at .788. Right now, Albert Pujols is the only player ever to hit 40 homers and finish with a sub-.800 OPS; he came in at .787 last year.