Another Ruf Outing for Samardzija – Cubs 1, Phillies 12

Game One Hundred Fourteen – Cubs 1, Phillies 12

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Jeff Samardzija put together his worst outing of the season on Thursday afternoon and the Cubs were blown out in the finale against the Phillies.

Jeff Samardzija gave up nine earned runs for the second time in a month on a season high 11 hits in his shortest outing of the season (3 1/3 innings). Thursday tied the shortest start of Samardzija’s career, also against the Phillies in his first big league start on August 12, 2009. A Phillies’ lineup without Jimmy Rollins that was struggling to score runs prior to the series with the Cubs lit up Jeff Samardzija.

Jeff Samardzija retired the first four batters he faced then surrendered eight runs on 11 hits to the next 17 batters. Samardzija turned the game over to Eduardo Sanchez with one on and one out in the fourth.

The Phillies scored six times in the fourth inning, chased Samardzija from the game and handed the Cubs another embarrassing loss.

Jeff Samardzija struggled with his fastball command and could not put hitters away. Samardzija threw 83 pitches, 55 for strikes, in less than four innings of work.

Jeff Samardzija is one of the keys for the Cubs over the last two months of the season. The Cubs need for Samardzija to pitch well so if they cannot sign him to a contract extension this off-season they will be able to trade him and receive a package of players that will help speed up the building process.

Eduardo Sanchez served up the first homer of Cody Asche’s career in the fourth that closed the ugly book on Samardzija. The Phillies last two runs came off Michael Bowden in the eighth when John McDonald cranked a two-run homer.

The Cubs offense had numerous chances all afternoon to put runs on the board. The Cubs were 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.

The only run came courtesy of Nate Schierholtz (1-for-4 with a home run) in the fourth inning when he launched his 15th of the year off Ethan Martin and cut the Phillies lead to 4-1. The Cubs managed six hits and walked four times but the only hit with a runner in scoring position did not plate a run.

Junior Lake (1-for-4 with a HBP) and Starlin Castro (1-for-3 with a walk) reached base multiple times. Anthony Rizzo (1-for-5 with a double) and Donnie Murphy (1-for-4) both collected doubles but did not score.

Two Phillies’ rookies recorded firsts in their big league career on Thursday against the Cubs. Cody Asche hit his first home run and Ethan Martin picked up his first victory.

The Cubs lost another series in Philadelphia (1-2) and are 2-10 in their last 14 games.

With Thursday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to 50-64 on the season.

Jeff Samardzija retired the side in order in the first inning on 17 pitches, 12 for strikes, and started the second by inducing a grounder to first off the bat of Domonic Brown. Darin Ruf followed with a single to left and Cody Asche ripped a double into left that Junior Lake misplayed. With runners on second and third with one out, John Mayberry Jr. hit a 3-2 pitch back up the middle and off of Samardzija’s glove. Ruf scored on the infield single … 1-0 Phillies. With runners on the corners, Samardzija jumped ahead of the weak-hitting Michael Martinez 0-2. Samardzija could not put him away and Martinez pulled a 3-2 pitch into right. Asche scored, 2-0 Phillies. Ethan Martin failed to get the bunt down and struck out (bunted a 0-2 pitch foul) for the second out. Kevin Frandsen grounded out to short to end the inning. Samardzija needed 45 pitches, 31 for strikes, to complete two innings on Thursday.

The Cubs had a chance to get back into the game in the third. David DeJesus reached on an infield single to first base … the Cubs’ first hit. Junior Lake blooped a 2-1 pitch over Utley’s head and into right field. With runners on the corners and two down, Anthony Rizzo flied out to center (first pitch) to end the inning.

The Phillies put the game away in the bottom of the third. After David DeJesus made a sliding catch to take away a hit from Ruiz to start the frame, Chase Utley pulled a 1-2 pitch into the right field corner. With Utley at second, Brown flied out to right (2-0 pitch) for the second out. Darin Ruf pulled a 0-2 pitch into the stands in left and his second homer of the series put the Phillies up 4-0. Cody Asche followed with a single. Samardzija caught Mayberry looking to end the inning. Samardzija threw 65 pitches, 45 for strikes, in just three innings.

Nate Schierholtz led off the fourth with a booming homer to right. Schierholtz’s 15th longball of the season cut the Phillies lead to 4-1 … and that would end up being as close as the Cubs would get on Thursday. After Murphy popped out to right, Martin issued back-to-back walks to Welington Castillo and Starlin Castro. Darwin Barney grounded into a 4-6 force and Samardzija grounded out to first for the third out.

Jeff Samardzija took the hill for the fourth inning looking up a 4-1 deficit … and it quickly got a lot worse for the Cubs’ number one starter.

Samardzija gave up the second hit of the day to Michael Martinez, a single to center to start the fourth. Martin bunted Martinez to second base. Kevin Frandsen then tapped a 2-1 pitch back to the mound. Instead of taking the out at first, Samardzija threw to third. Samardzija’s throw was high. Murphy leaped and caught the ball but could not apply the tag on Martinez in time. The Phillies had runners on the corners with one down for Carlos Ruiz. The Phillies’ catcher pushed a bunt up the first baseline. Rizzo fielded the ball but had no play at the plate and Barney did not cover the bag.

Chase Utley ripped a 2-1 pitch into the gap in left center. Frandsen scored and the Phillies took a 6-1 lead. Ruiz stopped at third on Utley’s double. Domonic Brown chased Samardzija from the game with a two-run single to center. Ruiz and Utley scored, 8-1 Phillies. Dale Sveum made a slow walk and went to his pen for the recently recalled Eduardo Sanchez.

Eduardo Sanchez retired Ruf then closed the ugly book on Jeff Samardzija when Cody Asche launched his first big league homer into the stands in right. Asche’s two-run shot gave the Phillies a 10-1 lead. Sanchez retired Mayberry to finally end the inning.

After four innings, the Cubs were being pummeled 10-1.

The Cubs wasted a chance to chip into the Phillies’ commanding nine-run lead in the fifth. David DeJesus walked to start the inning and advanced to third on a double to left by Anthony Rizzo. But Schierholtz popped the first pitch up to Asche at third and Murphy popped a 1-0 pitch to Asche at third to end the inning. The Cubs were 0-for-6 with RISP and left seven men on base in the first five innings.

Eduardo Sanchez retired the side in order in the fifth and the game remained 10-1 Phillies though the sixth. Hector Rondon replaced Sanchez with two on and two down in the sixth. Rondon retired Asche on a grounder to short for the third out.

The Cubs put two more runners on in the seventh. Logan Watkins walked to start the inning and Zach Miner hit Junior Lake with one down. But Rizzo grounded into a 6-4 force and Schierholtz struck out swinging to end the inning. The Cubs were 0-for-8 with RISP and left nine on base over the first seven innings.

After the second pitch of the at bat to John Mayberry to start the seventh, rain delayed the game for 22 minutes. Mayberry stepped back in with a 1-1 count and Rondon struck him out swinging (2-2 pitch). Rondon retired Martinez before issuing a two-out walk to pinch hitter Erik Kratz. Frandsen popped a 3-2 pitch to Schierholtz in right to end the inning.

The Cubs put two more runners on base in the eighth against Cesar Jimenez. Donnie Murphy doubled with one out and Starlin Castro singled to center. With runners on the corners and one out, Cole Gillespie hit for Rondon and struck out swinging. Logan Watkins grounded out to first for the third out.

After eight at bats, the Cubs were 1-for-12 with RISP and left 11 men on base.

John McDonald hit a two-run homer off Michael Bowden in the eighth and made it 12-1 Phillies.

The Cubs did nothing against Raul Valdes in the ninth.

The Cubs open a three-game series in St. Louis on Friday night. Chris Rusin faces Lance Lynn in the opener

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  • 07GreyDigger

    Ruf outing. Ho ho. I see what you did there.

  • Brp921

    To quote the theme song of the old sitcom The Jefferson’s. “We’re moving on up” to a higher draft pick. I see another year with 100 losses folks. But that’s OK let’s gitter done. We might as well get something out of watching terrible baseball.

    • J Daniel

      My suggestion would be to just read Neal’s updates and skip the games. Great job Neil!

      • Brp921

        I do read Neil’s reports (and try to spell his name right :) ) And he does do a great job. I don’t catch all the games, but enough of them to see they aren’t playing good baseball. What’s your point?

        • J Daniel

          Complete brain cramp on the typo! My point is why put yourself through the misery when NEIL does such a GREAT job. I have been traveling a lot this summer and have not watched near as much as normal. Reading CCO and posts keep me totally in tune with what’s up without catching the game.

          GREAT JOB NEIL!

          • Brp921

            I apologize if I took your post wrong. I watch the games when I can because I’m a diehard Cub fan like most of the contributors to this site. Even though at this point I think it would serve them best to lose and get as high a draft pick as possible I still watch hoping that they’ll win. I took your post as being sarcastic and now realize that you probably didn’t mean it that way, so again my apologies for my comment back to you.

          • J Daniel

            No problem!!! We all submit posts that can be taken the wrong way. The humor sometimes is very difficult to pick out. I was really just trying to say what a great job Neil, Tom, and all of the posters to on keeping everything current and informative. Of course we all have our own opinions and sometimes tick each other off.

            And probably all of us on here are loyal followers and are really SICK as we continue to endure the pain.

            All in loyalty to someday watching the Cubs win a World Series!

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Thank you

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Thank you very much.

      • Dorasaga

        But I want to watch top athletes in action! ACT-ion!

        • J Daniel

          I can sense the sarcasm!

  • J Daniel

    On another note, the way Smarj is pitching, I would be careful with the terms of a long term. He might only be a #3-4 at best on a really good team. I know he is young as far as pitching experience goes but I don’t know. I look at some of the other young studs and they don’t have this many problems.

    • Jeff in AZ

      I complete agree with this comment. I’m not sure that samardzija has shown anyone that he can have success on a consistent basis. I would watch him closely for the rest of this season and then make the decision over the winter. I’m sure the FO has taken notice and that is why they were willing to listen to offers before the deadline. I do have to post a disclaimer and say that I have never been a fan of Samardzija as I don’t think he has a good head on his shoulders. AS J Daniel, said a 3 or 4 on a contending team.

      • Brp921

        You make a good point. With his stuff he should be much more successful. I posted earlier on a different post about his contract distracting him. Hopefully that’s all it is. At any rate I’d keep him if they can’t get good value for him this winter.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Great to hear from you!

        • Jeff in AZ

          Thanks Neil. I’ve never stopped following.you have by far the best site.

  • Suzy S

    Seems to me…he lost focus or consistency around the time of the Feldman trade. I wonder if he would have done better with a more competitive team?

    • J Daniel

      Possibly and sort of what I was saying about Castro the other day and Sori in a kind of way as well.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Excuses, excuses, excuses………lets face it, this Shark will go to open waters of free agency when his time comes.

      • TheWrongGuy

        This FO will trade him first.

  • cubtex

    This team will only go as far as Donnie Murphy can carry them!

    • 07GreyDigger

      Which as you know is not very far.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I had Shark winning 15 games this season….Silly me.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I use to enjoy those 24-22 Cubs / Phillies Home Run driven games.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Where are all those Samardzija supporters?…..those guys who claim that Shark was an “Ace”!…….how old is Shark, 28?……..these are his “prime” years…….maybe he has too much football on the brain……..wait, scratch that…..if Shark had a brain, he would know how to pitch……………..any chance we can have Fergie Jenkins teach this kid something over the winter?……or would that be an insult to Shark?….if you want to be an “Ace”, maybe Shark should learn from a true “Ace”!

  • Baron_S

    Shark is alright… he has dynamite stuff…. but has lost his passion to be cuthroat because of the abysmal, atrocious, unwatchable offense the Cubs have put out for the last 3-4 years…

    No major power (35+HR)
    No dynamic speed (35+ SB)
    No consistent contact hitter (.300+ avg Castro was but has completely lost it)

    They keep sticking guys in the lineup I have never heard of… Cody Ransom?? Dony Murphy??

    If this regimes plan is to rebuild by having 5-6 consecutive top 5 draft picks, well any halfwit could do that…..

    Baez – 2 years away
    Alcantara – 2 years away
    Bryant – 1 year way
    Almora – 3 years way
    Olt (Ready now? who knows)

    So realistically, were looking at the 2015 season before this team begins to get competitive in what has become a dynamite tough NL Central.

    That will have been 7-8 years without a postseason appearance.. How this is acceptable to a major market ballclub is beyond me…

    a LOT of ‘FANS’ have deeply entrenched, indignant, admant Stockholm syndrome if theyre seeing the Sunshine

    a 5 year rebuild plan is not really indicative of brilliance

    • Denver Mike

      You say “it’s the CHICAGO CUBS” like we have some long heritage of success and winning. What’s the difference between what we are seeing now and the majority of the last 100+ years? To me I couldn’t care less if we get embarrassed in the 1st round of the playoffs or don’t make it at all. The result is the same 0 World Series rings. To get all upset and $&@#*! Is just short sighted, and frankly a complete waste of emotion.

    • Denver Mike

      I typed the last response on my phone and don’t feel like a made my point like I intended.

      What I was trying to say is that as painful as it has been to watch the team we have fielded the last few years, I came in to these seasons with zero expectations that we were going to be any good. As a result, I have had to turn the games off many times because it has been just plain hard to watch. But I have been even more disgusted watching the teams in 2007 and 2008 that got my hopes up throughout the regular season, just to be embarrassed by equally mediocre teams in the 1st round.

      It is easy to rip this team apart, too easy, but it is important to keep in mind that winning the World Series just isn’t realistic right now. Instead I choose to enjoy the highlights when they come around, and try to keep the big picture in mind when suffering through the lowlights. I truly believe that the franchise as a whole is in a much better spot than we were 3-4 years ago, and if things continue to trend in the direction that they are brighter days are on the not too distant horizon.

      If we are still going through the same struggles in fundamentals 2 years from now I will likely change my tune, but for the time being I will choose to be distracted by the finer things in life (time with loved ones, a good meal, an even better glass of whiskey, the Blackhawks) and not get too wrapped up in the present state of the major league team. Nothing wrong with being emotional, but I just do what I can to direct my emotions in the right places.

    • 07GreyDigger

      Have you noticed all the injuries they’ve had this season? Of course their lineups will be terrible. Also, when you bank on Rizzo and Castro IMPROVING and they bat 50 points lower, you have another problem.

      As for contending, what do you want them to differently? Buy a team? How well did that work out for the past 5-6 years?

      I know they stink and they’re tough to watch, but I see improvement and they’re are real statistical gains over last season at certain positions (C, 3B, RF). Look a little closer and you can see that. Denver Mike is correct. Short sighted indeed.

      • BosephHeyden

        Not picking on you here, but I’m curious. 106 years since their last title, and admittedly I haven’t followed all of them. But, since buying a team hasn’t worked over the last 5-6 years, which is a very small sample size of championship incompetence, I’m wondering how many times we’ve gone through rebuilding modes like this. Because I have to imagine we’ve done this at least once in the past 106 years, and, obviously, it didn’t work either.

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  • SirGladiator

    Another horrible outing for Sharky, on the upside he’s really making it really cheap for us to sign him long term :) . Looks like the big news today is that Kyle Hendricks continues to look like the next Greg Maddux, each level he moves up he continues to look just like Greg Maddux, and now he’s just got one more level to go, the main squad! Once he comes up, that’s gonna take us a big step toward the playoffs!