The Cubs could not complete the sweep of the Brewers in Miller Park on Wednesday night as Jeff Samardzija suffered his 3rd loss of the 2009 MLB schedule. Although Samardzija has had a disappointing 2009 (like the Cubs), he looked better in the 5 innings that he pitched against the Brewers. He only gave up 5 hits, 2 of which were home runs. One to Prince Fielder and one to Jody Gerut. He had 1 walk and 3 strikeouts and seemed to be in more control of his pitches throughout the night. Since being called back up to the major league level in September, however, Samardzija has pitched 7 innings and given up 5 ER on 7 hits and 3 walks. Overall, Samardzija is 1-3 on the year with a 7.53 ERA and 1.76 WHIP. Not really sure where the Cubs see Samardzija long-term (reliever or starter), but 2010 could be a big year for Jeff. He needs to show more consistent control all throughout the season and he needs to show a better strikeout to walk ratio.
The Cubs managed just 7 hits against Chris Narveson and 4 Brewers relievers. Jeff Baker had 2 hits for the Cubs to raise his batting average to .302. In addition to a Jeff Samardzija solo home run in the 6th inning, Bobby Scales drove in Baker with the Cubs only other run.
The Cubs finish up their final road trip of the 2009 season with a 4-game weekend set against the Giants in San Francisco. Ryan Dempster duels Brad Penny in the tonight’s opener.