Jeff Samardzija went a full nine innings giving up just six hits and one earned run, all of this being done on just 105 pitches. Jeff earned his seventh victory of the season as the Cubs took the game 11-1.
While Samardzija didn’t need any help from his bullpen he got plenty of help from his offense, the Cubs exploded for 11 runs on just 9 hits in the ball game. The scoring started early and never stopped, but I mean, five home runs should do the trick.
Nate Schierholtz got the action started with a three run home run in the first inning, he then doubled in the third inning and drove in another run making the lead four. In the fourth Donnie Murphy hit a solo home run and in the fifth Dioner Navarro hit a three run home run to right center field to give the Cubs an 8-0 lead. The scoring would pick back up in the seventh when Schierholtz hit his second home run of the night which was a two run blast to right field. Murphy would follow in the eighth with his second home run of the game, which, like his first, was a solo.
Schierholtz ended the day 3-4 with two home runs, a double, and six runs batted in. Murphy ended 2-4 with two home runs and two runs batted in.
Jordan Zimmerman did not have his best stuff for the Nationals, he managed just five innings and was tagged with seven hits and eight earned runs. Zimmerman also walked two batters and gave up three home runs. The bullpen for the Nats wasn’t much better, Fernando Abad gave up two runs in two innings pitched and Ian Krol gave up one run over one inning of work.
Wilson Ramos drove in the lone run for the Nationals on a solo home run in the seventh inning to break up Samardzija’s shutout. Other than Ramos, Bryce Harper led the team with two hits in four trips to the plate, both of Harper’s hits were singles.
David DeJesus, who was traded to the Nationals before the game did make an appearance, it was a pinch hit appearance that ended with a pop out to the shortstop. The Wrigley faithful gave DeJesus a standing ovation when he came to the plate.
Moving DeJesus now gives the Cubs the opportunity to reactivate Brian Bogusevic from the DL and put him on the 25 man roster. Chances are he will be in left field for the majority of the remaining games.
This series will continue tomorrow at Wrigley Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM CT and the starters are scheduled to be, Dan Haren (7-11) for the Nationals and Chris Rusin (2-2) for the Cubs.
Topics: Brian Bogusevic, Bryce Harper, Chicago Cubs, Chris Rusin, Dan Haren, David Dejesus, Dioner Navarro, Donnie Murphy, Fernando Abad, Ian Krol, Jeff Samardzija, Jordan Zimmerman, Nate Schierholtz, Washington Nationals, Wilson Ramos