8/8 Good wood
An eight-game losing streak will make you do crazy things. Just ask Jeff Samardzija, who showed his frustration Wednesday by breaking his bat over his knee. The Cubs ended their West Coast swing with a 2-0 loss to the Padres, dropping their eighth in a row. The only plus side to their two California trips this season is that the weather was nice. The Cubs went 0-10 combined in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. Samardzija (7-10) took the loss on Wednesday, and needed a new bat after striking out to end the seventh.
“It just felt good to snap it like a toothpick,” he said.
“Right now, when you start losing games and a lot of things aren’t going your way, you’re going to see some frustrations come out,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “That’s part of the game. It’s OK to see guys with emotion and fire. Those are guys you want around, too.”
Samardzija did the same thing in Spring Training after he was eliminated in the bunting tournament.
“That was fun,” said Padres catcher John Baker, who had a front row seat to the snap. “That’s not an easy thing to do.”
“That’s not something you want to see,” Sveum said. “He’s a pretty strong guy. He could do it a lot easier than I could.”
— Carrie Muskat