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Jeff Samardzija impresses in debut with the Athletics

Jul 6, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

Jeff Samardzija AP

Jeff Samardzija, acquired along with Jason Hammel by the Athletics on Friday, impressed in his first start with his new team. Facing the visiting Blue Jays, the right-hander allowed only one run on four hits and a walk while striking out five en route to a win, cinching a four-game series sweep over the Jays.

Samardzija yielded the lone run in the top of the sixth when the Jays put runners on second and third with one out following a Jose Reyes single and a Munenori Kawasaki double. Melky Cabrera followed up with a run-scoring ground out to second base. That was it. Closer Sean Doolittle gave up a run on a lead-off Steve Tolleson home run in the ninth before wrapping up the save.

Mimicking the Cubs, the Athletics didn’t give Samardzija much run support, scoring once in the second inning and twice in the fourth inning. They scored again in the bottom of the eighth, but Samardzija was not the pitcher of record. Samardzija went 2-7 over 17 starts with the Cubs despite posting a 2.83 ERA because the Cubs averaged a league-low 2.28 runs of support, per ESPN. Combining his time with the Cubs and Sunday’s debut with the Athletics, Samardzija is now 3-7 with a 2.74 ERA and a 108/32 K/BB ratio.

  1. garybrian - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Going up against a minor team batting order. Nice job, though, Jeff

    • indaburg - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      Really? Bautista, Lind, Melky, Reyes, Francisco? Even Rasmus with his lousy .216 BA is slugging .463. Yeah, I’ll take those “minor” hitters.

    • mmeyer3387 - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      Samardzija may turn out to be a big difference maker for the A’s. So far he’s looked good. Yet, during the past, the A’s have often been forced to to part with a lot of developed talent. It looks like they are now buyers instead of sellers. It’s hard to not root for Billy Beane to win one. Their time may have come.

  2. rawdog2013 - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    And that’s why we win division after division. Unlike the Mariners who finish in last place year after year.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      wake us when you make it past the first round, okay pumpkin?

      -Baseball

      • rawdog2013 - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        Sorry doc for being sexist in my previous remarks. I didn’t know you’re a chick.

        If I ask you the same question we would would never wake up. I think we should start with small goals, like achieving a 500 record. Wake me up when that happens, okay?

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:33 PM

        “Sorry doc for being sexist in my previous remarks. I didn’t know you’re a chick.”

        What in the blue hell are you talking about

  3. rivermaya99 - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Stupid As, stupid bean, thy should not trade rookie Russel

    • 18thstreet - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      Thy Shalt Not Trade Rookie Russel, I believe, was the 13th Commandment. One of the ones Mel Brooks dropped.

  4. mmeyer3387 - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    The A’s have a chance to win this year. But they needed bold moves to happen. So far, Beane has pushed the right buttons. It will be interesting to see what the A’s can accomplish, now that they are allowed to spend a little.

  5. gohawks7 - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    The A’s needed to acquire some pitching that Detroit hasn’t seen yet. Getting past Detroit is their Achilles heel.

  6. lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    This article is a mess. Why did I have to go to another web site to find out how many innings he went?

  7. 6250claimer - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    The story of this season will become the sequel to Moneyball. BOOK IT!!

    • clydeserra - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:14 PM

      Look, Bill scoring rules are stupid. I get that. but even when the A’s scored in the 8th, Samardzija was the still the pitcher of record.

      He may not have been in the game, but he was the pitcher of record.

      Again, scoring rules are dumb.

    • clydeserra - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      reply fail. I have no idea why this is a reply and not a on its own comment

  8. irishdodger - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Shark is one of only three players to be named to the MLB AS team while being former All-American football players. Jackie Jensen & Bo Jackson are the other two.

    • jwbiii - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:35 AM

      Dick Groat was a basketball All-American and won an MVP, as well as a multiple All-Star.

  9. sdeberg - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Congrats A’s. You see what a quality pitcher we gave up – at least it was to a team in the AL. Hope you get past Detroit – but I doubt it.

  10. jlovenotjlo - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    I can’t wait until Beane wins a World Series with Samardzija, then flips him in the offseason for a hot shot top 10 infield prospect.

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