6/2 Fighting words

Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson was impressed by Jeff Samardzija’s outing, but suggested the Cubs pitcher focus on the game. Samardzija and Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams apparently exchanged some words when the pitcher came off the field Saturday night.

“It’s part of the game,” Gibson said. “Whatever, he didn’t get the win did he? Maybe the next time he should just shut the [heck] up and pitch.”

Samardzija didn’t get the win as the Diamondbacks rallied for a 12-4 victory over the Cubs. The right-hander gave up three runs on seven hits, four walks and struck out 11 over 6 1/3 innings.

“He’s throwing the ball really good this year,” Gibson said of Samardzija. “I told [bench coach Alan Trammell] before the game I hope we can hang in there and get his pitch count up. He used to go shorter distances before it happened. He’s really improved a lot. I’ve been watching him.”

— Carrie Muskat


It distresses myself that Matt Williams and Smardz had words as I admire both. Am hoping is a heat of the moment issue and will be forgotten pronto, and will not become a “stupid” issue as the Tiger/Garcia matter has become, according to Jack Nicklaus. That unfortunate deal has diminished both parties.

We have bigger issues to be concerned with than a war of words between our starter and a third base coach in the Western Division….the chance of this escalating is irrelevant considering the rarity of the two being on the same field at the same time. Probably just out of frustration on Shark’s part??? Our starters know at the onset of the game even if they pitch well they have to worry about a loss due to the lack of offense (in general) and the bullpen.

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