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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