Well it looks like Jeff Samardzija may have good reason for remaining calm after stinking up the joint in his last start. Shark had said he had a pretty good handle on why he was struggling of late. Maybe he was on to something.
On the mound
Samardzjia was terrific tonight, as he scattered 4 hits over 7 innings while setting a career-high in punch-outs with 11.
His splitter was dancing and he didn’t seem to lose anything late as he got Jason Heyward swinging during strike out number 10 of the evening.
At the plate
Luis Valbuena delivered the big blow doubling in 3 in the seventh to give the Cubs a 4-1 lead. Valbuena has been a nice addition to the line up and has had some big hits since his call up. He now has 13 RBI.
It also appears he will get a long look as the Cubs announced Ian Stewart will undergo surgery.
Valbuena even managed to outshine the wonder boy Anthony Rizzo, who homered in the fourth to give the Cubs the lead and give the rookie his second since his call-up.
The Cubs are starting to play some good baseball again. Whether you want them to compete for draft picks rather than wins is a valid point, but it is refreshing to see some competitiveness from this club.
It was also a huge start and statement game from Samardzija. He needed a game like this for his confidence and maybe now many will realize he may have needed to just make some adjustments.
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