Samardzija, Cubs Take Rubber Match

Jeff Samardzija had struggled to find it after he won his first game back on April 1st (the Cubs opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates), but tonight he was on point as he tossed eight innings of five hit baseball and even helped himself out as he hit a big two-run homer in the Cubs half of the second inning.  All this helped the Cubs defeat the Rockies, 6-3.

Unlike yesterday the Cubs did not wait to get the offense going as David DeJesus led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run.  Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo continued to pick up the pace after they both started off the year slowly.  Both of the youngsters managed two hits in the game and drove in two combined runs.

The story for the Cubs was the top of their order, the three players, DeJesus, Castro, and Rizzo, went six for ten on the night and scored three of the teams six runs.  This is the type of production most Cub fans expected from these three, especially Rizzo and Castro, so it’s good to see the young guys, both of whom are wrapped up for another seven years, get going.

On the other side, the Rockies, struggled to get much going as their top three hitters went a combined 0 for 11.  Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, who killed the Cubs a night ago, struggled in this one and if you’re going to beat the Rockies shutting down those two players is a pretty good recipe for success.

Jon Garland had himself a solid start, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Cubs, he gave up three runs on seven hits over five innings of work for the Rockies.  Josh Outman struggled out of the bullpen, throwing one and one third innings all while allowing three runs to come across to score.

The Cubs bullpen, which has been a concern for a majority of the year, was decent, but didn’t get much of a chance as Samardzija threw for most of the game.  James Russell came in for a third of an inning and struck his man out and Kelly Gregg came in for the final two outs, he struggled a little, but managed to get himself under control and help the Cubs grab the victory.

The Cubs will be off tomorrow, but are right back at it on Friday as they welcome the New York Mets to Wrigley Field for a three game series.  Edwin Jackson (1-5) will be on the bump for the Cubs and his counterpart will be the young stud, Matt Harvey (4-0).


Tags: Anthony Rizzo Carlos Gonzalez Chicago Cubs Colorado Rockies David Dejesus Edwin Jackson James Russell Jeff Samardzija Jon Garland Josh Outman Kelly Gregg Matt Harvey New York Mets Pittsburgh Pirates Starlin Castro Troy Tulowitzki

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