6/1 Brewers 9, Cubs 0

Kyle Lohse threw a three-hit complete game to lead the Brewers to a 9-0 win over the Cubs Sunday and take the series. Jeff Samardzija had the shortest start of his career, giving up eight runs over three innings. Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer, Scooter Gennett had three hits, including a solo homer, and Lyle Overbay hit a three-run double.

“It was one of those days,” Samardzija said. “They came out aggressive and were hitting the ball. Tip your hat to them, they’re swinging it pretty good. I left some balls up in the zone and they jumped on them.”

Samardzija was coming off his first win of the season, and making his 12th start. It was his worst. He had not given up more than three earned runs in a game this season, and had done that only twice. It was the first time he had been charged with that many runs since the Phillies scored nine in 3 1/3 innings on Aug. 8.

“Whatever he threw over the plate, they were on it,” Cubs catcher Welington Castillo said. “We all know what kind of stuff Samardzija has and how good a game he can pitch. His stuff was there today and they were on it.”

The Brewers were prepared, but didn’t expect this.

“I figured it’d be low scoring on both ends,” Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. “I knew Kyle had a good chance of keeping them down, and I didn’t expect to get a lot of runs off Samardzija.”

Who would? When Samardzija started the game, he had a 1.68 ERA, just percentage points ahead of the Reds’ Johnny Cueto in the Majors. He finished with a 2.54 ERA.

“I’m obviously upset with how it went today,” Samardzija said. “It’s just about going out and understanding that it’s a season of 32 starts and some are good, some are bad, and next time you want to go out and prevent the big number and keep your team in the game.

“That’s the most frustrating part of it is when they’re hitting in the fourth and feel like it’s a big dish they’re in,” he said. “If you have a rough day, you need to keep it to four, five, six runs, something maneagable for the offense.”

Samardzija wasn’t the only one who made an early exit. The Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo was ejected for the first time in his career in the fourth after arguing a called third strike with home-plate umpire Jerry Meals.

“I didn’t agree with the calls, obviously,” Rizzo said. “I said my piece, and definitely understand why I got ejected, and I’ll just move on with it.”

— Carrie Muskat


It is very quiet in the Cub Nation tonight! Some may still be speechless. Some may have OD’d on their meds. Some may have put pillows over their heads and hit the hay early to avoid the pain! Not a good day at the ballpark for our Cubs! Their frustration is becoming very evident (Rizzo losing his cool, Castro asleep in the field, etc.). We have NO CHOICE but to arrive at the next game and the next and the next. I should say I have no choice but to carry on. I refuse to cower in the face of defeat. Won’t do it when my MS puts me on the floor and I won’t do it when the Cubs need my support! When Tuesday rolls around I’ll be in front of the TV ready for baseball!

Aloha White-san- God Bless you, I need the pick me up as they say as I was feeling despair today and with the last two series. Thanks for the encouraging words as they translate to our men and women in uniform, sometimes they do not have the best management (exc branch) but I want no ill-will to come upon them. I know this is just baseball not about defense and our national security but with what you said, it reminded me that the men on the roster are there and I hope for the best for them. Mahalo.

good for you Ms White………I myself missed the game (Thank God) ……..all I can say at this point is……..”We Stinks”

I am thankful I missed all but the first two innings. Is hard to believe Shark surrendered 8 earned runs in just 3 innings plus or so. He should have stood in bed today, I`m thinking.

Shark`s earned run average went from the best in all of mlb to 9th in the NL and 14th in all of mlb. The Cubs have been shut out either 8 or 9 times this season and it ties them with the Friars (San Diego), for the lead in all of mlb in that category.

It really bothers me that the Cubs will probably trade off Samardzija and Hammel before the season is over. We have been told by the Cubs Managers that we are in a rebuilding season (4th season now) and if we are trying to build a winning team, why would we not build it around these great pitchers?? I am tired of waiting for their trading and rebuilding year after year. How about we keep the good talent we have for a change and build around it instead of trading it!

Thank you Pam!! I agree with you 100 percent! I too am sick and tired of seeing our stellar players traded for what may be perceived as ” better players for NEXT season”. A vicious circle of futility. We’ve got 2 very very good pitchers right now in Samardj and Hammel – build around them! Seems like every time a Cubs player excels they are traded – and in my opinion the grass is not always greener in the neighbor’s yard!

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Hammel is having a good year and might be a good pitcher, but to call him great it a bit of a stretch. I mean, his career ERA is 4.67 and his WHIP is 1.40 and he’s 31 years old, so it’s not like he’s a prospect on his way up. Sure, maybe he’s found the right fit or is better than his numbers now that he’s out of the AL, but it’s still a pretty extreme jump to go from a pitcher with an ERA in the mid-4s to a pitcher with an ERA in the upper-2s in just one season when you’re over 30. Another indicator that his success might not last, his 2014 BABIP is a ridiculously-low .225, meaning that as that average regresses to the norm, his ERA and WHIP will go up. Lastly, you don’t build around Hammel because of his age and his durability history. The last time he made 30 starts in a season: 2010. Career high innings pitched: 177.2 in 2010. His age and those numbers are reasons why the Cubs don’t build around him.
Samardzija is a little more of a gray area and I think there can be an argument made for him to stick around, but with Hammel, the only reason why he was brought in was to build up his value and get multiple younger and potentially better prospects in return. Like the Cubs did with Paul Maholm, who is now a swingman for the Dodgers while Arodys Vizcaino is healthy and probably will be a part of the bullpen by September if not sooner. Or like the Cubs did with Scott Feldman, who’s had an ERA in the mid-4s since he left the Cubs while Arrieta and Strop are younger, throw hard, and could each be part of the Cubs pitching staff for years to come. The Cubs knew this is exactly why they signed Hammel and Hammel knew it as well. He knows that if he is able to reestablish his value, he would end up with a playoff team that probably wouldn’t have had any interest in him last offseason. If it works out, it’s a win-win for both parties, with both parties understanding that Hammel is not part of the long-term plan here in Chicago.

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