The Cubs did manage to break their “we haven’t led a game in 59 innings” streak last night, with a home run by REEDZ in the first inning. Unfortunately, that’s all the offense the Cubs would get, and they lost their ninth straight game, 5-1. Jeff Samardzija pitched well again, allowing only two runs in his six innings.
“I thought I battled with guy on base, put a couple of good swings on the ball,” Samardzija said. “I need to get a couple of quicker outs there (in the fourth inning) and get our offense back in the dugout. But I thought I battled and made some pitches.”
The two runs were on a strange play where David DeJesus appeared to catch the ball, but Darwin Barney knocked the ball out of his glove.
“It was one of those plays that was too much in the middle of us,” Barney said. “It was placed at a point where he didn’t have a chance to call it. It’s unfortunate. My job is to go until I hear somebody call me off and that ball was put into a spot where he didn’t know he’d have a chance until he got there. He probably didn’t know he’d be able to get there.”
Barney had a bloody elbow and hip after the fall because of the rocky surface on the warning track.
“I thought he caught it,” Barney said. “I went and when I was on the ground, I thought he had it in his glove and there it was. We both did our job and it just happened to turn out that way.”
Maybe gravedigger can help put some salve on Barney’s hip.
Finally today, Crazy Uncle Phil gives us the scoop on Carlos Marmol and Steve Clevenger.
Carlos Marmol passed the first test in his recovery from a strained hamstring, throwing a simulated game on Wednesday with Triple-A Iowa. Jamie Quirk, who is filling in as the Cubs’ manager with Dale Sveum attending his son’s high school graduation, said Marmol is expected to pitch in a game Friday or Saturday.
Steve Clevenger caught four innings for Iowa Wednesday, continuing his recovery from a strained oblique muscle. He threw out the only runner that attempted to steal against him.
Come back soon, Steve. We’ve had enough Koyie Hill.