Nationals Vs. Cubs: Jeff Samardzija Shines In 4-3 Victory

The Chicago Cubs got a taste of their new No. 3 starter on Sunday as Jeff Samardzija nearly tossed his first complete game en route to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals. It's the first win of the season for the Cubs, and it signals a bit of a coming out party for Samardzija as a starting pitcher.

A reliever with the Cubs last season, Samardzija came into spring training talking about making the rotation and impressed throughout camp. Named the team's No. 3 starter before the season, he came through big-time in his first start for the Cubs since Sept. 26, 2010.

Over 8.2 innings of work on Sunday, Samardzija gave up three runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out eight and walking zero. The lack of free passes is especially impressive for a pitcher that walked 13 percent of the batters he faced last season.

The Cubs actually led 4-1 going into the ninth inning, but Samardzija allowed a home run to Washington's Adam LaRoche after a throwing error by shortstop Starlin Castro. The Cubs pulled Samardzija in favor of closer Carlos Marmol to finish things off, and Marmol got Xavier Nady to pop up after walking Jayson Werth.

Bryan LaHair had a pair of doubles to lead the Chicago offense, plus Castro had two singles and two stolen bases on the day. Alfonso Soriano went 1-for-2 with a single, 2 RBI and a walk in a solid effort.

For more on this story, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, head over to Bleed Cubbie Blue. For more from around baseball, head over to Baseball Nation. To keep track of all rumors and happenings in the game, check out MLB Daily Dish.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Chicago

You must be a member of SB Nation Chicago to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Chicago. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Chicago

You must be a member of SB Nation Chicago to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Chicago. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.