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