9/17 Brewers 4, Cubs 3

Jeff Samardzija reached 200 innings and 200 strikeouts for the first time in his career and also notched his first recorded dugout argument with coach David Bell.

Carlos Gomez smacked a tying two-run homer in the seventh, and pinch-runner Jeff Bianchi scored on a sacrifice bunt by pinch-hitter Logan Schafer in the ninth to lift the Brewers to a 4-3 victory Tuesday night over the Cubs at Miller Park.

It got interesting in the Brewers’ sixth. Milwaukee led 1-0 when Norichika Aoki tripled down the right field line. Samardzija escaped any damage as Jean Segura popped up and Jonathan Lucroy hit into a fielder’s choice with Aoki getting caught in a rundown. Lucroy tried to reach second on the play, but was thrown out. After the inning ended, Samardzija and Bell got into a heated discussion in the dugout. It’s the second argument in as many days for the Cubs. On Monday, Edwin Jackson and manager Dale Sveum had an animated shouting match in the dugout when the pitcher was pulled.

The problem between Samardzija and Bell was that the pitcher wasn’t happy with where first baseman Anthony Rizzo was positioned against Aoki. That’s Bell’s job.

“They were just screaming a little bit about our strategy,” Sveum said.

But in back to back games?

“Sometimes that happens,” Sveum said. “We’ve obviously been fortunate to not have anything like that happen. Unfortunately, it’s back to back nights. Tonight, that was really nothing.”

“We were just talking strategy,” Samardzija said of the disagreement.

“Some of the best teams I’ve ever been on, and the best players I’ve been around, this stuff happens quite often, unfortunately,” Bell said. “It’s not something you want to have happen but in the heat of the moment when you’re competing, like I said he does, and we all do, I think things like this are going to happen. The best teams and best players, it seems to happen more. It’s not a big deal.”

How much of a competitor is Samardzija? Before anyone could ask him a question, Bell said, “I love everything about this guy, the way he competes and the way he cares and the way he goes about everything and his intensity. It’s going to make him a great pitcher for a long time. I absolutely love the guy.”

Samardzija has seen plenty of brouhahas during his Cubs career involving Carlos Zambrano and former manager Mike Quade. On a scale of what he’s witnessed in the past, the right-hander graded Tuesday’s incident a “one.”

“There are a lot of cameras out there, that’s the way it is,” Samardzija said. “It’s just competitive dudes, man, playing to win a game. It’s good to see. People care. Our record isn’t where we want it to be right now and nobody’s happy about it. We’re out here scraping and clawing and doing everything we can to win a ballgame.

“‘Belly’ is the epitome of that, of doing whatever he can to win a ballgame,” Samardzija said of the third base coach. “He cares, everyone on this team cares. Nobody is happy where we’re at as a team and we just want to win every game we can. We’ve had some pretty good characters here on these teams that would overshadow this.”

Welington Castillo gave the Cubs a 3-1 lead in the seventh with a two-run homer. But Samardzija walked Aramis Ramirez to open the Brewers’ seventh, and Gomez followed with his 20th home run off a hanging slider to tie the game.

“Besides one pitch, he was really good,” Sveum said of Samardzija. “He used his fastball, pitched inside, did really well pitching inside and had his fastball working really well.”

In the Milwaukee ninth, Justin Grimm walked Ramirez, who was lifted for Bianchi, and he moved up on Gomez’s single. Scooter Gennett then bunted, but he was safe on an error by Grimm, who could not field the ball cleanly and whose throw pulled Rizzo off the bag. With the bases loaded, Caleb Gindl popped up to shortstop Starlin Castro, and Schafer bunted to Grimm, with Bianchi scoring.

“Leadoff walks never help,” Grimm said. “I threw some close pitches on the outside and they were a little out. Then the base hit, and then I don’t field my position and didn’t give myself any help at all. Bases loaded, and the guy got the bunt down. Maybe I should’ve gone fastball, I don’t know. I thought it was a good pitch [to Schafer],” Grimm said. “I was trying to get the guy out. It didn’t work out in my favor. I made it really tough on myself.”

— Carrie Muskat


The “Shark” is a bottom dweller, no? It eats defenseless others, no? Here’s a guy who gives up a 2 run bomb and then complains where Rizzo is posted on a shot given up by the same “Shark.” Apparently, Epstein’s evaluation of Sveum as someone who keeps the team from complaining has lost some luster. Starting pitcher’s have always been prima donna’s and the “Shark” epitomizes this more than most trying to look like Captain Morgan but lacks the complete package to find the treasure of winning ballgames. 200 innings and 200 strikeouts are chump change for a guy who throws 90+. Pitcher’s who shut down the opposition with runners in scoring position are the one’s with guts and winner’s. Ken dolls don’t last long.
As for Rizzo, the next time he swings on the first pitch and doesn’t drive it into the upper deck, I’d pull him and find a decent hitting coach who can explain the hitting process to him. That makes me more mad than him trying to knockdown a 100 +mph line shot given up by a crybaby.

The “Shark” has had a problem all year shutting down the opponent, turning likely victories into losses….BUT….leave us not forget the “wise” remark from one of the most “respected” (gag) commentators on this blog: The Shark = our No. 1 pitcher, END OF STORY…..yeah, right. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.The seventh inning lead off walk and homerun is yet another example of The Shark…uh, not being a SHARK. It’s going to make him a great pitcher for a long time. Said Bell. Huh? First The Shark has yet to get near GREATNESS, second he is already 28 years old so when (and IF) Bell’s contrived comment bears fruit and The Shark DOES stumble across GREATNESS….how “LONG” of a time does Bell have in mind? Depending on WHEN The Shark becomes this GREAT pitcher Bell foretells it may be too late for The Shark to have a “LONG” AND GREAT CAREER….

Who is better than shark on this team? As a starting pitcher? Bc there isn’t one…. In effect that makes him our 1… I know u r a blithering idiot and can’t understand this so I apologize now and hope one day u actually learn something about baseball

Very sorry loss! They showed Samardj yelling at Bell in the dugout. – his display of anger, frustration and pent up emotion following this losing season is probably mirrored in every player on the team! They have ALL worked so hard for wins, for success and have had to watch their season dwindle away with one run losses, etc. in our modern age with cameras covering every inch of every game on the field, in the dugout, in the bullpen we are exposed to such scenes as last night’s explosion in the dugout. My guess is that this has been going on since the beginning of baseball, that this is nothing new between players and their managers and coaches. The difference is that now we are seeing it! What goes on in the dugout should stay in the dugout and not be seen as anything derogatory or negative against the players. It is their way to “get it off their chests”. They won’t give up, I won’t give up!


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