4/7 Samardzija sets K high

Jeff Samardzija set a career high with 13 strikeouts Sunday against the Braves.

B.J. Upton reached on an infield single that handcuffed second baseman Alberto Gonzalez. Samardzija then struck out six in a row before Ramiro Pena grounded out to start the third. That put Samardzija two Ks shy of the Cubs record for consecutive strikeouts of eight, done by three pitchers, most recently Juan Cruz in 2003.

Samardzija got Tim Hudson looking at strike three, walked B.J. Upton, and then fanned Jason Heyward on a slider to end the third. He added two more strikeouts in the fourth to reach 10, then got Juan Francisco swinging at a slider for No. 11, which was his previous high. Jason Heyward swung and missed a splitter in the fifth for No. 12, and Justin Upton was called out on a fastball to start the sixth for strikeout No. 13.

Last July 2 against the Braves at Turner Field, Samardzija struck out 11 over seven innings, and that game got him started on a good roll. He finished the year with a 2.58 ERA in his final 13 games. Samardzija also fanned 11 on Aug. 13 against the Astros.

– Carrie Muskat

1 Comment

The nice thing about this season is that the expectations are so low, and we fans are so much less likley to be led to the slaughter like indefensable lambs… the blown games are not as painful. WE KNOW this is NOT a legit ML team and that it will be at least aother year or two or three (four seasons would call for the head of Epstein) before we will really invest our heart, soul, mind, T.V. time etc. EXPECTING some quality, winning baseball. It’s a laugher of a season, more like a bad reality show, watching which player leaves the island…

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