Soto’s Bombs Help Cubs Overcome Poor Samardzija Start

In one of his last auditions to make the Cubs rotation, Jeff Samardzija struggled through four innings against the Rockies on Friday.  The Cubs bullpen was able to right the ship, and the Cubs offense was ready and willing to take the game over.  The Cubs scored three runs in three different innings erasing defecits of 5-3 and 7-6 in route to a 10-8 slugfest victory

 W:  Samardzija (2-1)  L:  Chatwood (1-2)  SV:  None
Cubs 10 – Rockies 8 —  Full Box Score

At the Plate:
It was the Geovany Soto show at the plate, the Cubs starting catcher was 3 for 3, blasting two home runs, and driving in five runs.  Bryan LaHair also continued his spring surge at the plate going 3 for 3 on the day, he is now 5 for his last 11 at the plate.  Marlon Byrd also had a solid day at the plate going 2 for 3, with two doubles, and two runs scored.

On the Mound:
It was a rough day for Samardzija, he last four innings, giving up 10 hits, 7 runs all earned, while striking out two.  There is good news here, he did not walk a single batter, he was wild in the strike zone.  The major knock on Samardzija has been his command and too many walks, the fact that he got knocked around and didn’t hurt himself by walking guys is a good sign in my opinion.  The bullpen came in and did a great job holding the Rockies to just one run on two hits over the final five innings.  Case Coleman was sharp, going three innings, giving up two hits and one run.

On Deck:
Travis Wood will make his fourth spring appearance and third start on Saturday when the Cubs play host to the Padres at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Ariz. Wood has struggled this spring, giving up 13 earned runs on 13 hits and six walks over 4 2/3 innings. Randy Wells, who has not walked a batter or given up a run over 5 2/3 innings in two Cactus League games, will follow Wood. Chris Volstad, a frontrunner for one of the openings in the rotation, will pitch in a game in the Minor League camp at Fitch Park on Saturday. (Via Thomas Harding)

Thanks for reading,
– George Cotugno

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