Jun 18, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Samardzija Cruises As Cubs Beat Cardinals


Jeff Samardzija had the Cardinal offense all sorts of confused on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium.  Samardzija pitched eight and third innings, gave up seven hits, and two earned runs.  Dale Sveum stuck with Samardzija through the game because of recent bullpen struggles and it paid off.  Kevin Gregg came in and got the final two outs to record his 10th save of the year and secure the 4-2 win.

Adam Wainwright didn’t have a bad start, but Samardzija was just better.  Wainwright went seven innings, gave up seven hits, and four earned runs.  Wainwright got tagged with his fourth loss of the year.  However, he is still having a very good season at 10-4.

The Cubs scored four runs in the first inning and that was it.  It turned out that was all that they would need.  Alfonso Soriano started it all with a double that plated Nate Schierholtz.  Ryan Sweeney, the very next batter, then unloaded on a pitch to right that sailed over the fence and gave the Cubs a three run lead.  Right after him, Cody Ransom came up and homered as well, that gave the Cubs the four run lead.

The Cardinals waited until the sixth to get on the board, when Carlos Beltran hit a solo home run to right field.  Yadier Molina drove in the other run for the Cardinals in the ninth when he singled and plated Matt Holliday.  Those were the only two bright spots for a Cardinal offense that seemed like they struggled for most of the night.

It sure is nice to have your starter have a nice start and then the offense gets them some runs, which is something we haven’t seen all too much in the recent past with the Cubs.  The pitching has been fantastic recently and it’d be nice if the offense can keep up what they did tonight.

The series is now even at one game a piece and the series will continue tomorrow between these two teams.  It will be another night game with the first pitch being thrown at 7:15 CT.  The starters are projected to be, Jake Westbrook (2-2) for the Cardinals and then Edwin Jackson (3-8) for the Cubbies.

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Tags: Adam Wainwright Alfonso Soriano Carlos Beltran Chicago Cubs Cody Ransom Dale Sveum Edwin Jackson Jake Westbrook Jeff Samardzija Kevin Gregg Matt Holliday Nate Schierholtz Ryan Sweeney St. Louis Cardinals Yadier Molina