Stat Line Of The Night — 7/23/12 — Jeff Samardzija
In 2005, Jeff Samardzija had himself a spectacular season playing wide receiver for the University of Notre Dame’s football team. Some likely believed that he had a bright future ahead of him as an NFL receiver, but he chose to stick with his other sport; baseball. And never has that decision looked better than during last night’s game between the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Cubs were looking to end the Pirates’ five-game winning streak, and they would do just that, thanks to an impressive performance on the mound from Samardzija. Through eight innings of work, the 27-year-old righty allowed just one hit, one walk, and zero runs against while striking out five batters during the Cubs’ 2-0 victory.
The victory doesn’t bring the Cubs record that much closer to the .500 mark, as they are still a disappointing 39-56 on the season. However, it does bring Samardzija’s record closer to the .500 mark, as he is now 7-8 on the season, and he earns “The Stat Line of the Night” for Monday, July 23, 2012.