7/28 Lessons learned
Jeff Samardzija didn’t get a decision on Saturday but did post his 11th quality start, and learned a thing or two. He walked the bases loaded in the first against the Cardinals but only gave up one run. Phew. St. Louis then loaded the bases in the sixth and tallied on Daniel Descalso’s sacrifice fly to tie the game. Samardzija fell behind all six batters he faced in the sixth and walked six in the game. It’s the most free passes he’s issued since he walked seven Cardinals on Sept. 26, 2010.
“There were spurts when I couldn’t miss and I was making all my pitches, and there were times when I was battling myself,” Samardzija said. “It almost took having runners on to really get my head on straight and make big pitches.”
He now has a 1.91 ERA in his last five starts, dating to July 2.
“The bottom line was he got all the outs when he had to and did a nice job,” Dale Sveum said.
— Carrie Muskat