Jeff Samardzija's First Iowa Start

I'm not one of those people who drools over Jeff ND (even when he's oiled up), but I thought I would break form a little and give a quick recap of his first Iowa start last night. My official thoughts on his numbers: eh. That's right, eh. There's nothing horrible if you look strictly at the numbers over his 6 innings of work: 7 hits, 3 runs (all earned), 2 walks, and 5 K's. That's a 4.50 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. He gave up a solo homer to Dallas McPherson, but it was McPherson's 26th in 70 games, so no big deal in that.

But he was aided by a play at the plate that saved him a run and possibly would've run him from the game. He only had one clean inning, the fifth. And the Cubs handed him a lead twice, going up 1-0 in the top of the first and 2-1 in the top of the second. Both times, he immediately gave up a run in the next half.

So, if you look past his numbers, it wasn't a great game. But then again, those are essentially the kind of numbers he's been putting up all season in Tennessee (4.86 ERA, 1.48 WHIP).

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