Samardzija Smoked, Rizzo Ejected, Cubs Blown Out – Brewers 9, Cubs 0

Game Fifty-Four: Cubs 0, Brewers 9

WP – Kyle Lohse (7-1) LP – Jeff Samardzija (1-5) Save – None

The Cubs had a bad day in Milwaukee and will have Monday’s off day to think about another embarrassing performance at Miller Park. Jeff Samardzija lasted just three innings, the shortest outing of his career. Anthony Rizzo was ejected in the fourth inning and the Cubs managed only three hits while being shutout for the eighth time this season.

The game was so lopsided it only took two hours and 18 minutes to complete nine innings. And the Cubs finished the three-city, 10-game road trip with a 4-6 record.

There is no way around it Jeff Samardzija was horrible on Sunday. Samardzija gave up a two-run home run to Ryan Braun on his fourth pitch of the game. After somewhat settling down following the Braun blast, he surrendered the first of two run scoring hits to Kyle Lohse in the second inning. And the third inning was arguably his worst single inning since he became a starter two seasons ago.

The Brewers scored five times in the third inning and if not for an excellent play by Darwin Barney that he turned into a 4-5 double play, it would have been worse. Samardzija issued two walks, hit a batter and gave up four hits while loading the bases twice. Lyle Overbay hit a bases clearing double and Kyle Lohse singled in Overbay for the eighth run off of Samardzija. Rick Renteria lifted Samardzija after the third inning.

Jeff Samardzija was charged with eight runs on eight hits with two walks, two HBP and three strikeouts. Samardzija threw 65 pitches, 43 for strikes, in three innings. Sunday was the first time in 15 starts he has allowed more than three earned runs in a single outing.

Justin Grimm gave up a solo home run to Scooter Gennett in the fifth for the Brewers final run of the game. Brian Schlitter and James Russell did not allow a hit or run over the last three innings.

Anthony Rizzo was ejected in the fourth inning for arguing balls and strikes by home plate umpire Jerry Meals. Rizzo did not like the called third strike and was ejected from a big league game for the first time in his career.

Kyle Lohse pitched a complete game, three-hit shutout and threw only 93 pitches, 61 for strikes. Lohse actually had more run scoring hits (2) off Samardzija than he allowed over the first six innings (1).

The Cubs managed three hits, all singles, and one was by Brian Schlitter for his first big league hit. Junior Lake and Nate Schierholtz were the other two Cubs that reached with singles on Sunday.

With Sunday’s loss (3-6 on Sunday in 2014), the Cubs dropped to 20-34 on the season.

The Brewers jumped on Jeff Samardzija in the first inning and four pitches into the game the Cubs were down 2-0 on a two-run homer by Ryan Braun. Jean Segura led off the first with a single and trotted around the bases when Braun lined Samardzija’s first offering over the wall in left. Samardzija retired Lucroy (flyout to right), Gomez (lineout to right center) and Davis (swinging strikeout) in order to end the inning. Samardzija threw 12 pitches in the first, nine for strikes.

After the Cubs went down in order quickly in the second inning, Scooter Gennett hit a lazy fly into shallow left. Castro back-peddled but peeled off at the last minute. Lake appeared to call him off and the ball fell in for a double … and a disgusted Samardzija let the mishap get under his skin. Samardzija struck out Reynolds and Overbay swinging but Kyle Lohse ripped a 0-1 pitch back up the middle and into center. Gennett scored, 3-0 Brewers. Samardzija jammed Segura and he hit a soft liner to Rizzo to end the inning. Samardzija threw 29 pitches, 23 for strikes, over the first two innings.

The Cubs went down in order again in the third and the game got out of hand in the bottom of the inning.

Ryan Braun led off with a single to left (1-2 pitch). Samardzija walked Lucroy and hit Gomez with a 1-2 pitch to load the bases. Khris Davis hit a rocket back up the middle (1-2 pitch) that Barney trapped on a short-hop, stepped on second and threw to third (4-5 double play) as Braun scored, 4-0 Brewers. And if not for Barney’s play, Samardzija’s line would have looked a lot worse. Scooter Gennett followed with a double down the left field line. Davis held at third with two outs. Samardzija got ahead of Reynolds 1-2 before he walked him to load the bases. Lyle Overbay doubled down the left field line … and cleared the bases. Overbay ended up at third on the throw to the plate, 7-0 Brewers. And to add more insult to bad baseball Kyle Lohse followed with a single to right, his second run scoring hit of the game. Overbay scored, 8-0 Brewers. Segura hit a blooper to Barney to end the inning.

The Brewers were blowing out the Cubs 8-0 after three innings and Samardzija got an early shower.

Justin Grimm took over for Samardzija and kept the Brewers off the board. But Scooter Gennett made it 9-0 with a solo shot off Grimm in the fifth.

While the Cubs managed only one hit through the first five innings, the Brewers led 9-0 after five frames.

And that is the way the series wrapped up. The Cubs managed two hits in the seventh and the bullpen kept the Brewers from tacking on.

The Cubs are off on Monday and open a six-game homestand on Tuesday with the first of three against the Mets. Jake Arrieta is scheduled to face Zack Wheeler.

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  • Tony

    Barney’s purple meter is at a whooping .179 average! Man I can not wait to see him do anything but start! He said he wants to pitch. Maybe because he hits like a pitcher and wants to bat 9th in the lineup.

    • cubtex

      How about Olt? Another 0-3 with 2 K’s. Now hitting .162

      • GaryLeeT

        Swap Bryant for Olt. Problem solved.

        • Eugene Debs

          But the arbitration clock!

      • Larry Schwimmer

        It’s sad to watch Olt. He is not ready for MLB. He looks lost at the plate. I think he needs to go back down to Triple AAA and re-gain his confidence.

      • Eugene Debs

        Helping the front office build a winner in 2021 one bad at-bat at a time. Think of the draft picks!

    • Tony_H

      I believe Barney has started just under half of the games. It is not like he has been the everyday starter. I think once or twice a week as a utility back up would be good for me.

      • Larry Schwimmer

        I agree Tony. The other point that we need to consider is that the F.O. has to be thinking that for Barney to be part of a future trade package he has to be hitting .220+ There strategy should be to give the opportunity to get his offensive numbers up. Don’t forget he’s a fabulous defensive asset. He turned a beautiful double-play today that not many 2nd basemen could have made. Besides, the CUBS aren’t going anywhere this year. So, let’s not worry about that someone might be “slightly” better at 2nd base. There are no “difference-makers” on this team.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Every MLB GM knows what Barney is. They can’t be fooled by some bandaid over his BA and slugging. Furthermore, he isn’t going to hit .220 no matter what the Cubs do. The league knows him now. It’s over. The party is over.

          Team Theo made a huge mistake in not non-tendering him last fall. It was a bad move to pay him the $2.5 million they saved by selling off DeJesus last year. Look at the profit lost!

  • cubtex

    Great draft talk on the SCOR with Jim Callis. Interesting what he said about Beede. Most of the scouts who he talks to view him as way too inconsistent to be a top 10 pick. He does well against inferior competition but doesn’t fair well against the SEC. 3 pitcher draft.

    • Tony_H

      So much of the talk earlier it the year about him going 1st. If the pitchers go 1, 2, 3, then I put him in the bucket of guys that are worth doing an underslot deal.

      • cubtex

        Callis said he tweeted an undisclosed team if they were interested in drafting Beede and the tweet back was an emphatic NO!!!!

        • Tony_H

          I also heard someone say Beede won’t make it out of the Top 10, that there is a team who will take him.

          I don’t even think each team knows for sure except maybe the Astros what they will do, not sure how all the experts do.

          • cubtex

            And nobody is sure what the Astros will do.

          • Tony_H

            That is the crazy part, if I had the number one pick, I would want to have it a done deal before I called their name, regardless if it was the best player or an under slot deal.

          • cubtex

            I agree. I think it will be Aiken. Then you hope either the Marlins or the Sox take Jackson. If the top 3 pitchers are taken then I guess you take an underslot bat and try and get a power arm in the next several rounds.

          • Tony_H

            I would take Aiken first, then Rodon and I still think Kolek 3rd, but seems like the Cubs don’t want Kolek.

            To me the best case is Rodon still being there at 4.

            It sure seems like the 2nd and 3rd rounds are going to still have some real good arms that will want over slot deals to sign.

          • cubtex

            Callis was kind of ripping the NC State coaching staff for saying that they had Rodon throwing 60% sliders. Doesn’t think he would risk going back to college if he slid to 4.

          • Tony_H

            Big risk to turn down the $4-$5M that the Cubs slot would pay him, even $3.5M range and let a college coach trying to win now have your arm in their hands.

  • Jeffrey Rogers

    Olt needs to be in AAA. He is not ready for MLB pitching day in and day out. I guess when you are competing for the number on pick in 2015 it don’t matter much though.

    I would Just let Valbueno play 3b everyday.

    • cubtex

      might as well see if he can hit rhp. his ceiling might be as a platoon against lhp.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Pitch F/X says Olt has one hit all year vs breaking stuff. One. And that was a dribbler.

        He can hit a LHP’s fastball. 9 were taters.

  • GaryLeeT

    First Rizzo says something about the lack of renovation that was promised, now the on field blowup. It’s tough being a fan of this crap, I can only imagine what the players are going through. Year, after year, after year of all this losing, then they are suppose to flip a switch, and think like champions? The last 4 years have been ugly, but this one will be the ugliest of all.

    • Tony_H

      In between he hit two HR’s in a blowout.

      • GaryLeeT

        I didn’t say he wasn’t going to hit, I am saying he is frustrated.

        • Tony_H

          I would hope they all are frustrated, but all any one player can do is their job.

          • GaryLeeT

            I guess if they were robots, that frustration wouldn’t affect their performance at all.

          • Tony_H

            Emotion is part of the game, good and bad. Some players feed off of it, others fall apart.

          • GaryLeeT

            What was the point of that comment? It’s like taking the time to write that the sky is blue, and the sun rises in the east.

          • Tony_H

            And your robot comment was so good….

          • GaryLeeT

            “but all any one player can do is their job.”

            Started by that inane comment.

          • Tony_H

            Y’know, I’m just happy to be here
            and hope I can help the ballclub.
            I just want to give it my best
            shot and good Lord willing,
            things’ll work out… gotta play
            ‘em one day at a time, Y’know…

          • GaryLeeT

            They get rolling, because you always have to have the last comment.

    • cubtex

      It’s pathetic. Brings back memories of the Bump Wills days.

      • cubtex

        Lee Elia the manager. Gary Woods in CF with Steve Henderson in LF. Dickie Noles, Doug Bird. That was one bad team.

        • GaryLeeT

          For perspective, that team did not even come close to losing 100 games.

          • Ripsnorter1

            1982 Cubs were 73-89. They didn’t even lose 90 games.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Bump Wills was better than Darwin Barney. He hit .272 in 1982. That’s 100 points better!

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    I like seeing Rizzo ejected. Good to see some fire from such a normally reserved player.

    • GaryLeeT

      I didn’t. There wasn’t anything on the line during that AB, or the game.

      • Larry Schwimmer

        I agree Gary. It might have been human for Rizzo to get upset about the bad umpiring — but it wasn’t professional. I hope R.R. sat him down and said, “You only hurt the team when you get thrown out of a game! It’s up to you to control your temper. Instead, bite your lip and sit down on the bench. But don’t get thrown out again for arguing balls and strikes!!!”

        • GaryLeeT

          Therein lies the problem. How can you hurt the team when it will be lucky to win 60 games this year?

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        Sometimes the reasons for a player or coach getting fired up are more cerebral than simply arguing a call. I like the example to teammates of having some fire in the belly.

  • GaryLeeT

    I see Baez was hit by a pitch, and left the game. Nothing serious, I hope.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      He stayed in, ran the bases and stole both second and third. He even played in the field before he left. No updates yet. Was hit in the right hand/wrist area.

  • brent carmona

    For anybody that has mlb network, special look at the top 50 players for the upcoming draft.

    Also a great night for college baseball, got my school shsu hanging in there against TCU and my hometown longhorns going for the win to advance.

    And although I’m not a hockey fan that game has been wild tonight!

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    I’ve been working a lot more lately and usually I’d try and make time to watch but tired of making time to watch them lose and look pathetic.
    Still watching but not ever day. Losing is getting old.
    Olt IS Looking more like a place holder for Bryant. I’m not giving up on Olt yet but Bryant seems like a much better option.

    I’d love to see them send Olt down and give him sometime in right field and bring up Bryant.
    I want so much to see Lake succeed.

    Bryant and Baez aren’t going to be up this year. No matter what they prove in the minors it’s looking like.
    Alcantara maybe?
    FO throw us a bone. Something to get excited about besides a number 1 draft pick.

    • Tony_H

      “I was shaking my head at the notion that we should make baseball decisions based on giving our fans cookies. We’re cooking the whole meal. We want to give them an annual feast. The only way to make fans happy is to give them pennant races and October baseball if you can pull it off on an annual basis. Nothing is going to get in the way of that.”

      http://www.csnchicago.com/cubs/theo-epstein-we-want-give-cubs-fans-annual-feast

      • Eugene Debs

        But we need to eat in the meantime, right? Baseball in October is not any closer than it was 3 years ago.

        • Tony_H

          I suggest following the minor league teams to get you through.

      • GaryLeeT

        They could at least rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic, and pretend they care about the MLB product without disrupting “the plan”. Like getting some MLB ABs for Jackson, and Vitters. Break ground on SOMETHING, anything around the ballpark, even if it’s a little apartment for Clark’s new girlfriend, Addie.
        Nobody wants to eat your (Cubs) stupid over cooked meal at 2 AM, especially when it comes with no guarantees that it won’t taste like crap.

      • Patrick_Schaefer

        I know that they aren’t bringing anyone up this year. It sucks is all I was saying. Just getting old watching bad baseball.