May 27, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Samardzija Shuts Down Sox, Cubs Take Game One

Jeff Samardzija had by far his best start of the year on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field.  Samardzija threw a complete game, allowed two hits, and struck out eight helping the Cubs to a 7-0 victory over the White Sox.

Samardzija had it going right from the start and he never looked back.  The only hits for the Sox were,  Connor Gillaspie’s third inning single and Alexei Ramirez’s ninth inning single.  This win pushed Smardzija’s record to 3-6.  He also lowered his ERA all the way down to 2.85.  Just think if Jeff could get that type of run support in every start.  His record does not reflect how good he has been for the Cubs this year.

The top four in the Cubs lineup had all nine of the hits that were recorded.  Julio Borbon, Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo, and Alfonso Soriano all had multi-hit games.

The Cubs didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard.  Soriano’s first inning single into left field scored Starlin Castro.  Julio Borbon then crushed a home run to deep right in the fifth for the Cubs that plated Ryan Sweeney and pushed the Cub lead to three.  Scott Hairston sacrificed Rizzo home in the sixth and then Rizzo tripled in the seventh that plated two.  Soriano capped it all off in the seventh when his single into center brought home Rizzo.

You could clearly tell that Samardzija was in some kind of zone from the get go.  He was probably fed up with the lack of run support and the bullpen struggles so he decided to take matters into his own hands and just completely shut the Sox down.

It was a completely different story for the White Sox in this one.  As I mentioned earlier, they were only able to tally two hits and on top of that their pitching struggled as well.

Starter Jose Quintana went six innings, gave up four hits, and four earned runs.  It wasn’t Quintana’s best start of the year, but he was just outmatched by Samardzija.  Nate Jones also struggled, he came in and pitched one rough inning giving up four hits and three earned.  Jones continues to struggle this year, he is sporting a 7.04 ERA.

Luckily for the White Sox, they will get three more shots at the Cubs before the Crosstown Classic comes to an end.  There will be one more game tomorrow at U.S. Cellular and then the teams will shift to the north side for two games.  Game time is set for 7:10 CT tomorrow.  The probable starters are, the young, hard throwing lefty, Chris Sale (5-2) for the Sox and the unbelievably horrific Edwin Jackson(1-7) for the Cubs.


Tags: Alexei Ramirez Alfonso Soriano Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs Chicago White Sox Chris Sale Connor Gillaspie Edwin Jackson Jeff Samardzija Jose Quintana Julio Borbon Nate Jones Scott Hairston Starlin Castro

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