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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:
The Cubs continue their homestand on Monday, Labor Day, playing host to the Marlins. Here are the pitching matchups:
Monday: LHP Travis Wood (8-10, 3.09) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (2-3, 3.90)
Tuesday: RHP Edwin Jackson (7-14, 4.90) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (3-9, 4.72)
Wednesday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.13) vs. TBD
It was a perfect homecoming for Ryne Sandberg at Wrigley Field, which has been anything but friendly to the Cubs this season. Back at the ballpark he called home for 15 seasons, Sandberg, now the Phillies interim manager, celebrated a 6-5 win over the Cubs on Friday. Michael Young had four hits, including a tiebreaking RBI single with two outs in the ninth, and Kevin Frandsen hit a game-tying home run in the seventh to lift the Phillies.
Last Friday in San Diego, the Cubs blew a six-run first inning lead in an 8-6 loss to the Padres. This time, they couldn’t hold a 5-0 lead after five innings. Chicago now is 25-42 at Wrigley, and are one of five teams with more wins on the road than at home.
“Twice in one week, to see this kind of game, and this one at home, with your big horse [Jeff Samardzija] on the mound, cruising along and all of a sudden he starts misfiring and gets the ball up [it's tough],” Dale Sveum said. “We can’t get a big hit to walk them off or get the chance. Michael Young hits the outfield grass [with his game-winning single] — we’re having trouble doing that at home.”
Sandberg, the Hall of Fame second baseman, received a nice ovation from the fans in his return to Wrigley. He took time to sign autographs, meet the media and say hello to old friends at the ballpark he called home from 1982-94 and again from 1996-97.
“It was good,” Sandberg said of the reception. “I heard it. A little tip of the hat to the crowd for that. And once I got up there with the umpires, we chatted a little bit. I asked them if they wanted me to take them around the ground rules.”
Sandberg not only could offer advice on how to deal with the hitter-friendly wind or the tough infield at Wrigley, but may have had a few suggestions about dealing with Samardzija, who was once on his Triple-A Iowa roster. The right-hander was shut down last Sept. 8 in his first season as a starter because the Cubs wanted to watch his innings. This year, the kid gloves are off. Friday was Samardzija’s career-high 28th start, and it included his 500th career strikeout, which he notched when he struck out Young in the third.
“Any time you get the early runs, you can be aggressive and attack the zone,” Samardzija said. “It allowed me to cruise through the middle innings. I obviously had the hiccup in the sixth.”
Anthony Rizzo and Nate Schierholtz each hit solo home runs. The Cubs added on in the fourth on Starlin Castro’s two-run double. Brian Bogusevic hit a RBi single in the fifth. But it wasn’t enough.
Pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen tripled to open the Phillies’ sixth and scored on Young’s second single of the game. Jimmy Rollins then singled, and he and Young scored on Chase Utley’s triple to pull within 5-3. Utley then tallied on Domonic Brown’s groundout.
Frandsen stayed in the game, and delivered a solo homer with two outs in the seventh to tie the game at 5.
The Cubs had runners at first and second and one out in the seventh but Zach Miner struck out Murphy. Bogusevic singled to right, and Dioner Navarro, who was on second, tried to score, but was thrown out at home.
“You think about pinch-running there, but at home, in the seventh inning, [Navarro] is coming up again, and unless it was to win a game, it’s tough to [lift him],” Sveum said.
“I knew they were going to send me, there were two outs, tie game,” Navarro said. “They told me he made a perfect throw to the plate. We couldn’t catch a break today.”
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs play host to the Phillies and Ryne Sandberg this weekend at Wrigley Field. Here are the pitching matchups:
Friday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.03) vs. RHP Roy Halladay (3-4, 7.81)
Saturday: LHP Chris Rusin (2-3, 2.64) vs. LHP Cliff Lee (11-6, 3.07)
Sunday: RHP Jake Arrieta (1-1, 4.50) vs. RHP Kyle Kendrick (10-11, 4.40)
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.
The best thing about the eighth inning Saturday night wasn’t that Jeff Samardzija escaped a bases-loaded, none out mess, giving up only one run, but that manager Dale Sveum left the right-hander alone to figure it out. Samardzija struck out seven over eight innings and Darwin Barney smacked a solo home run and a RBI double to lead the Cubs to a 3-2 victory over the Padres at PETCO Park and even the series.
Samardzija scattered seven hits and walked two. He now has totaled 176 innings this year, passing his personal high of 174 1/3 innings set last season, his first as a starter. The right-hander also is closing in on his single-season strikeout high of 180, set last season. He has fanned 175 this year.
His biggest K was his last one. Trailing 3-1, Padres pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay walked to open the eighth and Will Venable singled. Alexi Amarista then delivered what Sveum called “the most perfect bunt” toward third, with the ball just staying fair as catcher Dioner Navarro, third baseman DOnnie Murphy and Samardzija watched it roll. With the bases loaded, Yonder Alonso hit a sacrifice fly. One out later, the runners moved up on a passed ball. Chase Headley was then intentionally walked, but Samardzija struck out Forsythe to end the inning.
“That’s why you leave a guy like that in the game,” Sveum said of Samardzija. “Getting strike one for him is huge. When he gets that, those are usually all his good games.”
Neither Sveum nor pitching coach Chris Bosio went to the mound in the eighth to calm Samardzija down. They’ve had to do so a few times this season when he gets in what Sveum calls “gorilla” mode. Was Samardzija surprised Sveum left him in there?
“I wasn’t,” Samardzija said. “Me and Dale might have had a meeting down there in the dugout if he had taken me out. That’s what Dale is all about. Dale’s all about putting confidence in his players. He lets our hitters swing in bunt situations, he lets our pitchers hit.
“There are a lot of under the radar things that he does that puts confidence in the players and he did it for me there, too,” Samardzija said. “He didn’t come out and have a mound visit or anything. As a player, that says a lot. You’re out there understanding this is your inning, your game. You don’t want to waste that or give it back, and you want to say, ‘Hey, I appreciate that and I’m going to do good work for you.’”
Samardzija is one win shy of his career high of nine set last season, when he was shut down early after reaching his innings limit.
The Cubs have been trying to find a No. 4 hitter now that Alfonso Soriano is gone. What about Barney?
“No chance,” he said. “After I hit the homer, I told [Donnie Murphy],’ I ‘Murphied’ that ball. We’ll let him continue to do that, and I’ll take my singles.”
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs face lefty Eric Stults on Saturday. This marks the end of a run in which the Cubs faced 15 consecutive right-handed starting pitchers, beginning Aug. 8 in Philadelphia. Overall this season, the Cubs are 16-19 (.457) vs. left-handed starters and 38-55 (.409) vs. right-handed starters.
Here’s the lineup: