It was all Jeff Samardzija as the Cubs buried the Reds in a 3-1 loss on Wednesday. For the game story, click here.
To the Three Stars:
No. 3 star: Brandon Phillips — 1-for-4. It’s a reach, I know. Phillips notched the Reds first hit with a single. His heads up play to start a run down on Jay Bruce’s double play to first base allowed Joey Votto to score his team’s only run.
No. 2 star: Bryan LaHair, CHC — 1-for-4, HR. LaHair hit a 2-2 fastball to right-center field off of Bronson Arroyo in the top of the second for a homer that gave Chicago the lead.
No. 1 star: Jeff Samardzija, CHC — 7.2 ip, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 94 pitches/60 strikes.
“That’s the best we’ve seen probably this year against us,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “Usually he doesn’t have that kind of command and control. Our reports say he’s throwing the ball good and you could see he was at 95-98 and when he left, he was throwing 95-96.”
News and notes:
*Bronson Arroyo pitched OK, but it paled compared to Samardzija — 6 ip, 9 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 99 pitches/67 strikes.
*Even though the run scored in a rundown fashion, Bruce did not get a RBI in the fourth inning as itwas correctly was ruled a GIDP, no RBI, run counts.
*Drew Stubbs was 0-for-4 in the game and is in a 0-for-14 skid.
*J.J. Hoover was impressive again as he pitched the ninth inning. Hoover had one strikeout, getting Reed Johnson with 94 mph heat.
*Ryan Hanigan’s career-best eight-game hitting streak ended with a 0-for-3.
*Here is my story on Jay Bruce and the plans for Brian Wilson Field in Clermont County. You can also watch some video below.
“They fought me hard tonight. The Cubs aren’t traditionally a lineup that would foul off so many pitches off me. They got my pitch count up quicker than I wanted to. I was grinding after the first inning, almost every inning. That takes a toll on you a little bit.” — Bronson Arroyo
“We can’t say a whole bunch about that game. We didn’t do anything wrong. They just did a lot of things right.” — Dusty Baker