The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 9-6 on Monday as Jeff Samardzija continues to struggle this spring. Samardzija pitched just 2 innings – 5 earned runs, 5 hits, 2 walks, 1 HBP and 1 strikeout. The Cubs next pitcher Jeff Stevens promptly let up 3 more runs in only 1 inning of work, to put the Cubs in a deeper hole. On the bright side, Carlos Marmol, Luis Vizcaino and Mike Stanton each worked scoreless and hitless innings after the Cubs fell behind 8-1.
At the plate, Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez each had 2 hits. Ramirez hit a solo home run for the Cubs.
Jeff Samardzija is not helping his cause to make it as the Cubs 5th starter in 2009 (he is competing with Sean Marshall and Aaron Heilman for the spot). With his poor pitching this spring, he could even find himself in a battle to make the opening day roster. Other veterans have pitched well and as a young player, Cubs executives might choose to let Samardzija start in the minor leagues for the first half of the season in order to continue to work on pitches and develop as a professional baseball player. It should be interesting to see how this all plays out the last few weeks of spring ball.
The Cubs are now 9-10 in Cactus League play. Next up for the Cubs is a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on St. Patrick’s Day.