Bad Day for Samardzija
Coming off of his ‘first win since last season’ high, Jeff Samardzija was quickly brought back down to earth after the worst of his 12 starts this season.
In just three innings, Samardzija gave up eight runs on eight hits and two walks in a 9-0 shutout Sunday against the Brewers. Prior to the game, Samardzija had yet to give up more than three earned runs, and had only done that twice. In fact, it was the first time he had allowed that many runs since Aug. 8 of last year. He entered the game with a 1.68 ERA, the best in MLB. After his shortest start of the season, he is now ranked 14th with a 2.54 ERA.
After Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer on Samardzija’s third pitch of the game, it continued to go downhill for the Cubs’ ace. The third inning was the worst for Samardzija after he allowed three hits, two walks, five runs and hit a batter on a wild pitch.
With absolutely no help from the offense (surprise, surprise) against Brewers’ Kyle Lohse, the Cubs simply had no chance. They were held to three hits in nine innings. You cannot win ball games with three hits. Especially when pitching, the one consistent strength for the Cubs, is lacking.
Cubs are now 0-14 for series on the road and have been shut out in three of their last five games. Luckily, they return to Chicago in a series against the New York Mets after a day of rest on Monday. Hopefully Jake Arrieta throws the ball like he did in his season debut against St. Louis. With a record of 20-34, a .370 winning percentage, and 12.5 games back, the Cubs have comfortably secured their last place standing out of 30 teams in the MLB.
Even the annoyingly positive Rick Renteria joined the rest of our sorrows as his eyes swelled with tears in his office.
“It’s not tears. It’s eye drops,” Renteria joked after the 9-0 loss.
June 1 and tears already can only mean one thing: There’s always next year.