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Jeff Samardzija pitched a complete game, 3-hit shutout and thoroughly dominated the Padres. Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik, the heart of the infield, both went deep and that was all she wrote, just like we drew it up in April.

Samardzija may be one of the more unpredictable and most perplexing starting pitchers today. His stuff always looks dominant but he often gets burned with location mistakes that end up in the seats beyond the outfield. Last night he was pretty impeccable and the Giants may be building a forward-thinking staff for next season.

Help Houston

I’ve been thinking a lot about what is taking place in Texas and I am contemplating a variety of ways to help. Here are some suggestions, courtesy of VOX:

AIRBNB: If you can offer up room locally for displaced residents and evacuees, or if you need a place to stay, AirBNB will help facilitate that. Here’s more information.

SOUTH TEXAS BLOOD & TISSUE DONATION: You can donate here. Local residents can also donate blood in person.

TEXAS DIAPER BANK: You can donate here.

HOUSTON SPCA: You can donate here. (SPCA is an animal shelter and is also taking in stray or displaced pets.)

CENTRAL TEXAS FOOD BANK: You can donate here.

SAN ANTONIO FOOD BANK: You can donate here. Many displaced Houston residents will be relocated to San Antonio.

COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS: An umbrella organization coordinating shelters and organizations across Houston. You can donate here.

For a longer list of local food banks, visit here.

Other resources for those helping or those affected

Here’s an interactive map that shows different shelters, pet shelters, and food distribution centers around Texas.

The Houston Chronicle has live Hurricane Harvey updates here that may pertain to residents still in the city or evacuees.

The Chronicle also has a complete list of local highways and roads that are inaccessible or shut down due to flooding.

Here are Some Links, courtesy of The Texas Tribune

Provide shelter and supplies

Make a donation

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