3/11 Cubs 7, D-backs 5

Jeff Samardzija hit a solo home run and Welington Castillo added a two-run shot to lift the Cubs to a 7-5 victory Monday over the Diamondbacks in front of a sellout crowd of 12,436 in Scottsdale. Darwin Barney hit a two-run double in the seventh and scored on Jorge Soler’s single to break a 4-4 tie. Samardzija gave up four runs on four hits over 4 2/3 innings, and Blake Parker picked up the save. Rule 5 pick Hector Rondon gave up one hit and struck out one in two-thirds of inning. Steve Clevenger, who played the entire game at first base, had three hits.

* The Cubs have Tuesday off and return to action Wednesday when they play host to the Rockies at HoHoKam Stadium. Edwin Jackson will get Wednesday’s start and Starlin Castro was expected back in the Cubs lineup for the first time since Feb. 27. The shortstop has been sidelined with a tight hamstring.

* Scott Baker and Carlos Villanueva will both pitch at Fitch Park on Tuesday.

— Carrie Muskat


Perhaps we should look for a position for Samardzija on the days he’s not hurling. He’s an athlete as he demonstrated at ND, and we need his stick in the lineup more often than every 5th or 6th day.

On further review, Jeff’s pitching stats were not exactly stellar today.

Barney comes through in the clutch!

you know it!😀

One has to start wondering if Clevenger has recaptured some magic…??? It would be nice to see him on the team as a back up firstbaseman and third string catcher, that is IF INDEED he regained his batting stroke….I’d tell him to get some practice…IN LEFT FIELD HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA…

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