Bad Samardzija – Cubs 2, Angels 13

Game Eighty-Nine – Cubs 2, Angels 13

WP – C.J. Wilson (9-6) LP – Jeff Samardzija (5-9) Save – None

The Cubs four-game winning streak came to a screeching halt on Wednesday night. The Angels pounded Jeff Samardzija and took batting practice at the old ballyard. The Halos hit five home runs and scored 13 runs on 15 hits while the Cubs managed only two runs on five hits. The eleven extra basehits by the Angels on Wednesday was the most extra basehits allowed by the Cubs’ staff in a single game this season.

Wednesday night’s game was over before Jeff Samardzija recorded the first out of the game. Samardzija struggled with his command and mechanics in the first inning and the Angels took advantage. Samardzija gave up a double to Erick Aybar, a double to Mike Trout, walked Albert Pujols then served up a three-run homer to Josh Hamilton. Four batters into the game and the Cubs were down by four. After retiring Alberto Callaspo for the first out, Mark Trumbo launched a homer into the bleachers in left. Samardzija served up two homers in the first inning with the wind blowing in.

Jeff Samardzija settled down after the second inning and retired seven in a row before the Angels poured it on in the fifth and knocked Samardzija out of the game before the end of the inning. Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton hit back-to-back homers in the fifth off Samardzija before he turned the game over to Henry Rodriguez. The Angels hit three homers in the fifth, scored six runs and turned a blowout into an embarrassment when C.J. Wilson advanced from first to third on a bloop single to center.

Jeff Samardzija followed one of his worst outings in two seasons with an outing reminiscent of those he made prior to last year. Samardzija allowed a season-high nine runs on nine hits and four home runs with two walks and five strikeouts. Samardzija threw 99 pitches, 60 for strikes, in 4 2/3 innings. Samardzija became the first Cubs pitcher since Lynn McGlothen on May 10, 1980 to allow eight extra basehits in a single game.

Henry Rodriguez could not record an out in relief of Samardzija in the fifth. Rodriguez served up a two-run homer to Brendan Harris before issuing a bases loaded walk to Albert Pujols that forced in C.J. Wilson with the Angels’ 11th run of the game. Rodriguez was charged with two runs on three hits with two walks and no strikeouts. Rodriguez threw 20 pitches, eight for strikes.

Brooks Raley finished out the game. Raley made his first appearance of the season and allowed two runs on three hits with three walks and a strikeout over the final 4 1/3 innings.

The Cubs offense managed just two runs on five hits. Cody Ransom (1-for-3 with a double and a run scored) doubled to lead off the fourth and scored on a single by Anthony Rizzo (1-for-3 with a RBI). Cody Ransom hit his ninth homer of the season with one out in the ninth that accounted for the Cubs’ second run. Dave Sappelt (1-for-4) and Julio Borbon (1-for-3) managed the other two hits. The Cubs did not walk once and but did extend their home run streak at Wrigley. The Cubs have hit at least one homer in each of the last 11 home games.

It was one of those nights.

The Cubs wrapped up Interleague play with a 13-7 record and for the first time since 2007 finished with a winning record against the Junior Circuit.

With Wednesday’s loss, the Cubs dropped back to 40-49 on the season.

Erick Aybar led off the game by golfing a 2-2 pitch down the right field line for a double. Mike Trout followed and pulled a 1-1 pitch toward third. Ransom mistimed his leap, the ball hit off his glove and ended up in the Cubs’ pen. Aybar scored, 1-0 Angels, and Trout ended up at second with a double. Samardzija’s first pitch to Pujols got away from Castillo. Trout ended up at third on what was ruled a wild pitch. Samardzija jumped ahead of Pujols 1-2 before walking him and putting two on with no outs. Samardzija fell behind Hamilton 2-0 and Chris Bosio made a visit to the mound.

Jeff Samardzija grooved his next pitch and Josh Hamilton crushed the low-90s fastball. The ball ended up in the bleachers in right center and the Angels took a 4-0 lead. Samardzija retired Callaspo before serving up his second homer of the inning to Mark Trumbo … six batters in and the Cubs were down 5-0. Samardzija struck out Conger and retired Harris on a grounder to short to finally end the inning.

Jeff Samardzija threw 29 pitches, 17 for strikes, in the first inning.

The Cubs managed a leadoff single by Dave Sappelt but that was it in the first inning. The Angels went right back to work against Samardzija in the second inning.

Samardzija struck out Wilson and retired Aybar on a grounder to Rizzo before Mike Trout just missed a homer to center and had to settle for a double off the ivy. Samardzija once again jumped ahead of Pujols 1-2 before walking him again. Samardzija struck out Hamilton swinging to end the inning … 49 pitches for Samardzija after two innings, 31 for strikes.

The Cubs did nothing in the second … and after two, the Cubs trailed 5-0.

The game remained 5-0 Halos until the bottom of the fourth.

Cody Ransom led off the fourth with a double into the left field corner. Anthony Rizzo worked a deep count and singled to center. Ransom scored, 5-1 Cubs. C.J. Wilson struck out Soriano for the second time and Starlin Castro grounded into a 4-6-3 inning ending double play.

The Cubs would not get any closer on Wednesday night.

The Angels kept hitting and hitting and hitting in the fifth. The Halos scored six runs on seven hits, three home runs and knocked Samardzija out of the game before he could record three outs.

Mike Trout led off the fifth with an infield single to third. Ransom did all he could with the swinging bunt but he had no shot with Trout running. Trout stole second on a 0-2 pitch to Pujols without a throw. Albert Pujols then crushed a 2-2 pitch from Samardzija. The ball ended up in the bleachers in left center and the Angels took a 7-1 lead.

Josh Hamilton followed Pujols with a solo homer to right. The ball ended up in the basket and Hamilton’s second longball of the night put the Angels up 8-1. Samardzija retired Callaspo on a grounder to second and struck out Trumbo for the second out. Hank Conger drove a 0-1 pitch to the gap in left. The ball hit off the base of the wall and Conger ended up at second with a double. Sveum decided that was enough for Samardzija and went to his pen for Henry Rodriguez.

Brendan Harris pulled a 3-2 pitch to left. The ball ended up in the basket and the Angels went up by a 10-1 score. To add insult to bad pitching, C.J. Wilson singled to right and went to third on a bloop single to center off the bat of Erick Aybar. The Angels were just rubbing it in at that point. Rodriguez walked Trout to load the bases then walked Pujols to force in Wilson with the 11th run of the game. Sveum made his second pitching change of the inning and brought in Brooks Raley. The young lefty retired Hamilton on a flyout to right to end the inning.

The game remained 11-1 Angels until the eighth.

Collin Cowgill led off the eighth with a triple to center. Josh Hamilton grounded out to first and drove in his fifth run of the game. Raley did not allow another run in the eighth.

The Angels made it 13-1 in the ninth. Raley issued a leadoff walk to Hank Conger. Harris grounded into a 6-4 force. J.B. Shuck pulled a double down the right field line. With runners on second and third with one down, Erick Aybar hit a sac fly to right. Harris tagged and scored. With Shuck at third, Hawpe grounded out to first to end the inning.

Cody Ransom made it 13-2 Angels with his ninth home run of the season in the last inning.

The Cubs begin a four game series against the Cardinals on Thursday night at Wrigley. Edwin Jackson is scheduled to face Jake Westbrook in the opener.

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  • paulcatanese


    • triple

      Took the words right out of my mouth. Or word I guess.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Don’t get too discouraged over this one very bad start….

    ESPN rated the top ten pitchers in MLB according to their stuff. The Cubs have two of the best in their starting rotation.

    Now please sit down. You may need to when you read this.

    #10 in all of MLB is….Edwin Jackson.
    #4 is Jeff Samardzija.

    Samardzija doesn’t surprise me. He’s got great stuff.
    But Jackson!

    It shows you what control, or the lack thereof, can do for you.

    • paulcatanese

      One improvement could be to give the wrestling hats they plan to give to the bleacher fans to wear to the players instead. That should add the fear needed to win a few more games.
      Also how do fans drink beer? Thru a straw?
      I’m sorry, that has to be the worst idea I have ever seen, it’s enough of a joke out there now.

    • triple

      I’m not discouraged at all. We know every team will play a bad game. What I couldn’t believe yesterday as I read the talking cubs live thread was how much people were bagging on Samardzija and feel that he isn’t worth a damn to the team. That’s interesting about about this ESPN ranking of pitchers and Jackson being included. You’re right about the control factor. That is the true deciding factor.

      As far as people thinking Samardzija lost interest in the Cubs because of the Feldman deal is kind of short-sighted and just hearsay. Like he’d sabotage his own career because his buddy got traded? Justin Verlander had a bad start this week. Are tigers fans shouting trade?

      By my count, Samardzija has given the cubs 12 good opportunities to win and as a team they’ve only won 8 of those games. Of course the air got sucked right out of this team in the first inning. That’s unfortunate, but this is also the 7th time this season that the offense has scored 2 or less runs in one of his starts. So we didn’t really have a chance to win this game even if he put a goose egg up on the scoreboard in the 1st inning.

      He will bounce back.

  • Ripsnorter1

    The Cubs are 26th in MLB in OBP, 24th in MLB in BA, but 16th in runs scored.

    How do they do this?


    Their slugging is 12th in MLB.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Who leads all of MLB in blowing leads after the 7th inning, with 12?

    Your Chicago Cubs

    • GaryLeeT

      I am not sure what the League average for conversion is, but let’s say a decent pen would have cut that number in half. The Cubs would be 46-43, and in the WC hunt.

  • Ripsnorter1

    You’ll note that the Pittsburgh Pirates are now 1.5 games behind St. Louis.

    They do not have enough bats, and they are overworking their bullpen (the most innings by a bullpen in MLB), and they are going to fall off of a cliff just like the last two years because of it.

  • paulcatanese

    The announcers really laid an egg last night. That game was not a license for humor, and it seemed that all that went on was a poor attempt for their personal format.
    They stray from what is happening on the field to telling stories of the past, their past. I could care less what they have done before, it means nothing. The game was disgusting enough.

  • Rick Barkan

    I would trade samardzija before i would trade garza.