Samardzija again denied win in 4-2, 13-inning Cubs’ loss to Yankees
BY GORDON WITTENMYER Sports Reporter May 21, 2014 6:06PM
Updated: May 21, 2014 10:41PM
At this rate, don’t be surprised if Jeff Samardzija tries to stow away on the Yankees’ charter bus out of Wrigleyville tonight.
The Cubs’ pitching ace, who seems to be making bad-luck, big-league history every time he pitches, watched from the bench as another would-be win blew up in a poorly pitched, sloppy ninth inning against the New York Yankees Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field.
The Yankees eventually sent the Cubs off to their West Coast trip with a stinging 4-2, 13-inning loss, taking advantage of Jose Veras’ continued command issues in a seven-batter, two-run 13th.
Samardzija, who entered the day with the best ERA in the majors, pitched seven scoreless innings to hand a 2-0 lead to the bullpen – and wound up with a 16th consecutive winless start to show for it.
It was the third time Samardzija has had a victory snatched away by a blown save from his bullpen and the third time unearned runs have played a role.
In this case, it was second baseman Darwin Barney’s relay throw on a potential double play that skipped past first base and allowed the tying run to score from second.
Samardzija remains winless through 10 starts this season despite lowering his ERA to an MLB-best 1.46 with his third scoreless start of the season – second in his last three.
He entered the day as the only major league pitcher since 1977 to lead his league in ERA this late in the season without recording a victory.