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Jeff Samardzija allows one hit over eight innings in beating Pirates

Jul 23, 2012, 10:44 PM EDT

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In a pitcher’s duel that included just six hits, the Cubs’ Jeff Samardzija was a little better than the Pirates’ Erik Bedard Monday, leading to a 2-0 win for the Cubs.

Andrew McCutchen‘s infield single in the fourth was the only hit Samardzija gave up in eight innings of work. The Pirates got another single in the ninth off Carlos Marmol, but they never threatened in the contest.

Bedard was also exceptional, striking out 11 over seven innings. He allowed only one run and two hits, yet he fell to 5-11 for the season.

Samardzija was hoping for a chance at his first career complete game tonight, but manager Dale Sveum said he opted against sending him back out after a 27-minute top of the ninth inning. “I don’t think on his Christmas list right now,” Sveum said afterwards.

Bouncing back from a rough June in which he went 0-4 with a 10.41 ERA, Samardzija is now 2-1 with a 1.67 ERA in four starts this month.

  1. Stiller43 - Jul 23, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Bogus

    • larryboodry - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:50 PM

      Bogus how? That Sveum didn’t let him finish the game?

  2. irishdodger - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Shark!

  3. Stiller43 - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Bogus that the buccos lost, of course.

    • larryboodry - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:53 AM

      Ah, understood…But at least you don’t have reason to say ‘bogus’ as often as I do…Cubbies are in ‘Wait ’til 2014!’ mode.

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