Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija delivers against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning of a baseball game on Friday, May 16, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)
Another start and Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija is still without a win.
The right-handed starter didn’t have his best stuff but a mistake-filled game against the Brewers at Wrigley Field Friday was to blame for a 4-3 loss to Milwaukee.
The Cubs have lost 10 of their last 12 games.
Samardzija took the loss after allowing six hits and two earned runs in five innings of work. Two of the four runs he allowed were unearned. The Cubs committed three errors behind Samardzija and catcher Welington Castillo allowed one passed ball.
Heading into Friday’s game Samardzija had a 1.45 ERA which ranked second in Major League Baseball, second to only the Red’s Johnny Cueto who had a 1.25 ERA heading into the day.
The Cubs brought their bats early just not often.
After the Brewers jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings, Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney brought the game back to within striking distance with a two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning that scored Nate Schierholtz.
An inning later, left fielder Junior Lake hit a solo home run that brought the game to within one. But that was all the offense the Cubs would muster.
From the fourth inning on, shortstop Starlin Castro was the only Cubs player to get a hit. He singled to lead off the ninth. Seven of the Cubs’ eight hits came in the first three innings.
With nobody out in the ninth and Castro, the tying run, aboard, Chris Coghlan failed to advance the runner—bunting the ball straight back to the pitcher whose throw beat Castro to second base.
Note: Left-handed pitcher Zac Rosscup, who was placed on the disabled list on Wednesday retroactive to May 10, said that the injury to his pitching arm is not serious. The Cubs listed the injury as shoulder soreness but Rosscup said there is some inflammation in his biceps.