Jeff Samardzija ended his miserable 16-game losing streak in baseball with a win against the San Francisco Giants and was doused in beer by his teammates in celebration.
One of the best pitchers on the planet, with 2014 figures of a1.68 ERA .216 average and 64 strikeouts from 11 starts, finally notched up a victory to take his season record to 1-4.
In truth it was only a matter of time before Samardzija would earn a win after the pitcher had performed miracles for a mediocre Chicago Cubs side.
Samardzjia began the game against the Giants with the lowest ERA with 10+ starts by any pitcher without a win in MLB history. Although the 29-year-old pitcher earned his first victory last night his 1.68 ERA slipped to second place in MLB behind Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright (1.67).
But this slight slip in statistical dominance will not matter to Samardzija who celebrated his win like a series victory.
Speaking to MLB.com, Samardzija said: "People try to downplay the record thing, but as a starting pitcher, I think it's important. I care, I want to keep working hard and come out every day and try to get a win.”
The Cubs win took them to 19-30 but the game will be a huge morale booster after they defeated the high-flying Giants in their own backyard.
Samardzija struck out 10 and conceded three earned runs in his seven innings, while smacking a RBI double and the go-ahead run in their Cubs’ 8-4 victory over the table-topping Giants.
Nate Schierholtz hit his first homer in 2014 while Darwin Barney drove two runs which proved decisive to earn Samardzija his first win since August 24th.
The pitcher has played his whole major career for the Cubs and made his debut in July 2008.
The 29-year-old was being touted as a key player for trading after his impressive start to the year. The Cubs have lacked control in offense and fielding, leaking cheap runs while struggling to earn their own runs which has left Samardzija with very little support.
It is not known whether Samardzija will look for a trade to a stronger outfit, but one thing that is for sure is the player will remember the day he broke his terrible losing record for good.
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