Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Samardzija excellent and Cubs offense comes through to get a "W" over the Reds, 3-1

The Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds, 3-1 to win game 2 of the 3 game series at Great American Ball Park.  Game 1 was cancelled yesterday after a rain delay that lasted over two hours.

Jeff Samardzija earned his third win of the season tonight (photo from
Jeff Samardzija pitched brilliantly and allowed only three hits, one run and walked two and struck out seven during 7.2 innings pitched.  Carlos Marmol earned the save, which was his second of the season.  Bryan LaHair and Ian Stewart both hit solo home runs tonight to back up Samardzija's excellent outing.  This was the "Shark's" third win of the season.

Fun shot of Geo Soto, David DeJesus, Tony Campana, and Jeff Samardzija in the dugout during tonight's game
The Cubs' defense also helped out Samardzija tonight, including a great stop by third baseman Stewart of Drew Stubbs' hard-hit ball in the fourth inning, and a quick flip by second baseman Blake DeWitt after a diving stop in the dirt ignited a double play with Starlin Castro to end the Reds fifth inning.

Tomorrow Ryan Dempster will return from the disabled list and start for the final game against the Reds at 11:35am CT.  Reliever Kerry Wood is also expected to come off the disabled list tomorrow, so the Cubs are expected to make two corresponding roster moves to make room for Dempster and Wood.

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