Jeff Samardzija was brilliant last night as the Chicago Cubs went on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2.
“Despite different things that happen throughout the year, that’s how it goes. With the (blown game) in New York and (Monday’s loss) and the situation I’m in, I wanted to come out and do a job for this team and get us back on track.” Samardzija said.
That’s what The Shark did, he got the Cubs back on track and hopefully bringing momentum to the organization.
Samardzija almost had a complete game, but Dale Sveum pulled him in the ninth. It was the right decision although Samardzija was still throwing heat, I think he knew that they had to close out this victory. Kevin Gregg replaced him.
Tony Rizzo sat out the game needing a much deserved rest. Nate Schierholtz continued his stellar play, contributing one run and one hit at three at bats, but Starlin Castro was shut out last night. They have to do something with Starlin. His head’s not in the game right now and I like the kid, but they should bench him for a couple of games. Hell, they could bring someone up to try out. I’m not looking at wins this season as much as the combinations of where the club will be in a couple of years. So, if the Cubs finish last then hopefully it’s a learning curve and an education. Speaking of education, Cody Ransom and Ryan Sweeney hit back to back home runs in the first inning. Way to go boys!
“We’re the Chicago Cubs, so you know there’s always something going on, something being talked about,” Samardzija said. “If you can’t deal with that, you better play somewhere else. We’re a great team in here, we get along real well. Despite different things that happen throughout the year, that’s how it goes.
Of course, Samardzija is exactly right in saying that. The Cubs can be the best team in baseball on any given night and on other nights they appear to be playing like a little league team. The thing is that the best team in baseball plays great every night.
Edwin Jackson is looking for his third win in a row tonight when the Cubs continue their series against the Cardinals. Game time is 8:15 eastern.