Jeff Samardzija starting? Better put the bats in storage.

After a rough first inning, Samardzija settled down and got through five scoreless. Offensively, the Cubs repeatedly squandered quality scoring opportunities, but the only run they actually got required Anthony Rizzo to hit a homer on a pitch in the other batter’s box.

The 9th inning was just ridiculous, though, with the Reds scoring five off of Hector Rondon – all with two outs, and starting with nobody on base – thanks in part to a couple bloops and a dribbler … well, and a grand slam. That one wasn’t so good.

Samardzija pretty much summed this one up early in the game when he went Big Z at the plate.

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Full box score.