A Notre Dame wide receiver just pitched a whale of a game against the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a three-game series, beating them 5-1. The Cardinals can ill afford a loss, trailing the Cincinnati Reds by seven games and having little chance for a wild card spot. Of course long-time rival Chicago would love nothing more than to keep the Redbirds home with them.
Carrie Muskat has posted an article titled “Samardzija turns heads in win over Cardinals.” Samardzija threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings. He also helped himself with an RBI single.
Samardzija had to choose between playing in the National Football League and the Major Leagues, but apparently he loves baseball more, and that was with no guarantees in being a starter. He is currently at 1-1. The losing pitcher was Garcia, who is now 13-8 with a great ERA of 2.70.
The change in Samardzija’s effectiveness apparently is in his “soft stuff.” His sinkers and curve balls were made effective in the minor leagues, and now they are paying off at the Major League level. In fact, interim manager Mike Quade hadn’t seen Samardzija since Spring Training. In the minors, Samardzija compiled an “11-3 record and had a 4.37 ERA in 35 innings,” as Muskat reports.
Aramis Ramirez was back in the lineup after being out for several games with a sore right quad, while Starlin Castro was kept out of the lineup with a bruised left hip. Ramirez started things for the Cubs in the second inning with a double and ultimately scored. This was the inning where Samardzija got his RBI and the Cubs led 2-0. The Cubs got more runs in the third by loading the bases and getting two more runs on Alfonso Soriano’s RBI single.
Samardzija will get another start against Florida.
The Cubs will play the Cardinals again this evening with a very impatient Randy Wells going for them. Wells has not done well recently and said he cannot wait to get his hands on the ball again.
As I’ve written about in a companion article, General Manager Jim Hendry has finally come out and said that he is very happy with the work of Mike Quade.
However, I still find it hard to believe that Quade will get the permanent job over Ryne Sandberg.
Chicago Cubs’ website, Carrie Muskat, “Samardzija turns heads in win over Cardinals”