Jeff Samardzija was in and out of trouble all game, mostly by his own doing (the good and the bad, I mean). Ultimately, he pitched well enough to keep the Cubs in the game, but you can’t win if your team doesn’t score. The Cubs lost out on one scoring opportunity late when Samardzija batted for himself to lead off the sixth, despite leaving the next half inning – it turns out that would-have-been pinch hitter Luis Valbuena is now out with an oblique strain. Otherwise, it was double-plays aplenty, ending the Cubs’ rallies.

Also: soft-tossing lefty, FTW.

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  • Die hard

    Time for Castro to get day or two off

    • Jason P

      Why? He’s coming off his best month of the year. He’s been better in the field, too.

      • Mr. P

        Don’t feed the Die Hard.

  • Josh

    It will be a great day in Cubs history when Cody Ransom and Cole Gillespie no longer warrant a starting spot in the lineup.

  • Mr. P

    It will be a great day when we don’t have to platoon half of the lineup.

    • scorecardpaul

      It will be a great day when I don’t have to read anymore diehard posts

  • Blublud

    Driving back to Tennessee from NC and stopped off at exit 407 to get gas. Filling up at the Shell station in Kodak standing right in front of Smokies Park. Guess I finally got to see it. Will be back here next week for a game.

    • CubsFaninMS

      I live 10 minutes from the Mississippi Braves stadium. Extremely disappointed that the MS Braves only have one home series vs. the Smokies this year. I’m pretty sure they swap it up to where the next year, two of the series’ are at the other field. Man, the Smokies will be fun to watch next year.

      • Mick

        Say hello to Dennis Lewallyn. He was with us for a long time and we should have kept him.

  • Mick

    keep us posted blu.

  • Kyle

    The front office needs to spend the offseason researching the proper ritual in order to make a sacrifice to the sequencing gods.

    Add up the inputs we’ve had in this series, and the number of runs we’ve managed to score has to be the absolute extreme low outlier of how many you’d expect to get from them.

    • Jon

      The front office needs to spend the offseason getting better players

    • N8theGr8

      We’re gonna need a bigger calculator…or a smaller one, as it were.

    • jt

      Clutch hitting is a function of the ability to hit.
      The ability to hit is a function of selecting the right pitch to hit and being able to hit that pitch with purpose.
      Selecting the right pitch to hit is a function of getting the right pitch to hit.
      Getting the right pitch to hit is a function of not swinging at pitches that favor the pitcher unless forced to by the pitch count and then being able to spoil them by fouling them off.
      The above is not easy. There are a lot of guys who can hit a mistake. There are not that many who can force a mistake.
      The Cubs need a few guys who can force mistakes.

      • David

        Well said, good point. I agree. The last good clutch guy we had was ARam. Moises Alou, perhaps?

  • YourResidentJag

    Matt Garza apparently doesn’t want a big contract…..or at least he’s trying real hard to be a big idiot.

    • Mick

      Four bunts beat him. Exactly the reason that many of us did not want him long term. He is hopeless and helpless with fielding and Billy Beane took advantage today.

      • mjhurdle

        “Exactly the reason that many of us did not want him long term.”
        so there are many people that dont want a pitcher with a career 3.77 ERA (in tough divisions) and currently sporting a 2.95 ERA with good peripherals because he can’t field a bunt?

        • Mick

          He is a career 50-50 pitcher and he is a goof ball. Read his tweets from Texas tonight. Plus he can not field at all-like Bozo on WGN yrs ago. Long term no. He did well with us the few months he was not on dis-able list. Seriously.

          • Funn Dave

            Who cares if he’s a goofball? This club, if anyone, could use a goofball or two these days. Besides, his pitching speaks for itself.

            • Mick

              There were a lot of positives for him staying. Theo traded him anyhow.

          • Jason P

            W-L record is a horrible way to judge a pitcher.

            • Mick

              Often it is especially with the Cubs the last few yrs.

  • Headscratchin

    Gregg gave up two more hits and another walk in one inning of work and miraculously, not a run scored. If there is a metric for pitchers luck (like BABIP for hitters) Gregg’s is due for a nose dive. He can’t sustain giving up three base runners in an inning and not giving up runs.

    • Benjamin

      You know there is BABIP for pitchers too, right?

      • Headscratchin

        No, I didn’t. Fairly new to BN and to advanced metrics. Now that I know, I’ll do some research – thanks!