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* Jeff Samardzija will make his career-best 32nd start of the season Monday night. He has 203 strikeouts and 201 2/3 innings pitched. He’s the first Cubs pitcher to reach both 200 strikeouts and 200 innings pitched since Ryan Dempster in 2010 (208 strikeouts, 215 1/3 innings pitched).
Samardzija is in good company. The other five pitchers with 200 Ks/200 innings includes: Detroit’s Max Scherzer (230 strikeouts, 207 innings), St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright (209, 229 1/3), Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw (224, 230), Philadelphia’s Cliff Lee (209, 214 2/3) and the White Sox’ Chris Sale (221, 209).
* The Cubs finished at nearly .500 against teams outside their division this year at 41-45 while they are 24-46 against the NL Central teams, the second-lowest winning percentage (.343) by any team against its own division in baseball (Houston is lowest at 25-48, .342 vs. the AL West)
* Pedro Strop on Saturday became the fifth Cubs pitcher to record a save this season, joining Kevin Gregg (32 saves), Kyuji Fujikawa (2), Carlos Marmol (2) and Blake Parker (1). Chicago has five pitchers with saves for the first time since 2008 when Kerry Wood (34), Marmol (7), Bob Howry (1), Sean Marshall (1) and Samardzija (1) did so.
The Cubs open their final homestand on Monday night against the Pirates, sending Jeff Samardzija against Charlie Morton. Here’s the lineup:
Here are the pitching matchups for the series:
Monday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-12, 4.42) vs. RHP Charlie Morton (7-4, 3.35)
Tuesday: LHP Chris Rusin (2-5, 3.52) vs. RHP Gerrit Cole (9-7, 3.23)
Wednesday: RHP Jake Arrieta (3-2, 3.94) vs. LHP Francisco Liriano (16-7, 2.88)
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 Cubs will try to snap a three-game losing streak Tuesday night at Miller Park. Jeff Samardzija gets the start against Marco Estrada. Here’s the Cubs lineup:
* The Cubs are nearly .500 against teams outside their division this year at 40-43 but they are 23-44 against the NL Central, the second-lowest winning percentage (.343) by any team against its own division in baseball (Houston is 25-48, .342 vs. the A.L. West).
* Jeff Samardzija tonight will make his career-high 31st start of the season with 195 strikeouts and 194 2/3 innings pitched. He is vying to become the first Cubs pitcher to reach both 200 strikeouts and 200 innings pitched since Ryan Dempster in 2010 (208 strikeouts, 215 1/3 innings pitched).
Entering tonight, Samardzija is in good company among those in all of baseball to have reached his current innings pitched and strikeout numbers. The other five include Detroit’s Max Scherzer (227 strikeouts, 201 1/3 innings), St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright (201, 221 2/3), Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw (214, 223), Philadelphia’s Cliff Lee (201, 207 2/3) and the White Sox’ Chris Sale (214, 201 1/3).
* Since June 26, which was the Cubs’ most recent visit to Milwaukee, they are 20-19 (.513 winning percentage) on the road, tied for the fourth-best mark in the NL in that span. They started the season 14-22 in their first 36 road games. The Cubs already have 34 wins on the road this season, 11 more than their total number of victories on the road last year.
* The Cubs have played 75 games at home and 75 on the road. They are five games better on the road than at home, posting a 29-46 record at Wrigley Field and a 34-41 record on the road.
Jeff Samardzija gave up six runs over 5 2/3 innings in the Cubs’ 6-0 loss Wednesday to the Reds. Chicago finished 5-14 against Cincinnati, with two of those wins coming in this series. Samardzija served up a solo home run to Devin Mesoraco and a three-run shot to pinch-hitter Jack Hannahan in his 30th start of the season. The right-hander thre 114 pitches, and now has 194 2/3 innings and 195 strikeouts. He’s trying to become the Cubs’ first pitcher to reach 200 in both innings and strikeouts since Ryan Dempster in 2010.
Jeff Samardzija takes the mound Wednesday as the Cubs try to complete a sweep against the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Samardzija enters his career-high 30th start of the season with 190 strikeouts and 189 innings pitched. He is trying to become the first Cubs pitcher to reach both 200 strikeouts and 200 innings pitched since Ryan Dempster in 2010 (208 strikeouts, 215 1/3 innings pitched).
Entering today, Samardzija is in good company among those in all of baseball to have reached his current innings pitched and strikeout numbers. The only other six: Detroit’s Max Scherzer (215 strikeouts, 194 1/3 innings), St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright (195, 213 2/3), Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw (208, 216), Seattle’s Felix Hernandez (200, 194 1/3), the White Sox’ Chris Sale (207, 195 2/3) and Cincinnati’s Homer Bailey (190, 191 1/3).
* The Cubs already have 33 wins on the road this season, 10 more than their total number of victories away from Wrigley Field last year. They have gone 19-15 in their last 34 road games starting June 25 after starting the season 14-21 in their first 35 road games.
Here’s Wednesday’s lineup:
The Cubs hit the road on Monday, opening an 11-game trip in Cincinnati. Here are the pitching matchups:
Monday: LHP Travis Wood (8-11, 3.17) vs. RHP Bronson Arroyo (13-10, 3.62)
Tuesday: RHP Edwin Jackson (7-15, 4.91) vs. LHP Tony Cingrani (7-3, 2.80)
Wednesday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.29) vs. RHP Mike Leake (12-6, 3.46)
Starlin Castro, Dioner Navarro and Ryan Sweeney each hit solo home runs and Donnie Murphy smacked a two-run go-ahead blast in the seventh to lift the Cubs to a 9-7 victory Wednesday over the Marlins at Wrigley Field, and avoid being swept. The Cubs now have hit 94 home runs at Wrigley Field, tied with the Orioles for the most at home. But Chicago won at Wrigley for the sixth time in the last 25 games.
Chicago starter Jeff Samardzija did not get a decision. He struck out nine over six innings, and now has 190 Ks this season, which ranks among the National League leaders. He also served up two home runs, a two-run shot by Logan Morrison, and a grand slam to Adeiny Hechavarria.
Sweeney connected with one out in the sixth, but Donovan Solano tripled to open the Miami seventh and scored on a throwing error by Navarro for a 7-4 lead. Chicago had two on and none out in the seventh, and both scored on Navarro’s single down the left field line off A.J. Ramos. Ryan Webb took over, and Murphy sent the first pitch into the left field bleachers. Murphy was now batting .333 (11-for-33) from the seventh inning on, with six home runs and 10 RBIs.
“I’ve come through in those situations before and for some reason I’m comfortable in them,” Murphy said. “It’s not pressure on me, it’s the pitcher who has to throw the ball over the plate.”
Plus, he had a slight edge. He played with Webb on the Marlins.
“I have the luxury of playing with those guys,” Murphy said. “I know he’s a sinker ball guy. I didn’t want to get beat with a sinker ball. I was looking for a first sinker, and he gave it to me, and I put a good swing on it.”
Webb knew Murphy, too.
“He did exactly what I wanted him to, swing at a two-seamer, and he just got underneath it,” Webb said. “It doesn’t happen too often but I missed my spot. I was trying to go down and away, and I went down and in, right where he was looking for it, I guess.”
– Carrie Muskat
Lefty Brian Flynn makes his Major League debut on Wednesday for the Marlins in the series finale against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The Cubs have stacked their lineup with right-handed hitters. Jeff Samardzija will start for the Cubs, making his team-leading 29th start. He is 2-1 with a 4.62 ERA in his career vs. the Fish. The Cubs are 10-25 (.286) in their last 35 games starting July 29. They have won two of their last four games, but have lost 12 of their last 17 games overall, while dropping 19 of their last 24 home games
Here’s the lineup: