8/26 Samardzija wins NL Pitcher of Week
Jeff Samardzija and Marlins starter Jose Fernandez shared NL Pitcher of the Week honors. Samardzija was 2-0, giving up three earned runs over 17 innings, while striking out 12 and walking just two. Last Monday, Samardzija tossed nine innings of one-run ball to earn the complete-game victory in an
11-1 drubbing of the Nationals, scattering six hits and fanning five to earn his seventh win. It wasthe third career complete-game performance of the 28-year-old’s career and his second this season. On Saturday, he held the Padres to two runs (both earned) over eight innings of work to earn the win in a 3-2 decision at PETCO Park. The hard-throwing right-hander fanned seven batters in the victory, giving him 175 strikeouts this season, fourth among
NL pitchers. The win marked Samardzija’s 16th quality start this season. This is his first career weekly award.
He’s the first Cubs pitcher to win the award since Ryan Dempster last June, and the third in the last 10 years, joining Carlos Zambrano, who was honored after throwing his no-hitter in September 2008.