After Stanton’s bat goes flying, Samardzija credits tough kid at Wrigley

After Stanton’s bat goes flying, Samardzija credits tough kid at Wrigley
September 4, 2013, 6:30 pm
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A young boy sitting in the first few rows off the Cubs dugout survived a scary moment after a bat went flying out of Giancarlo Stanton’s hands and smashed his face. That sixth-inning scene on Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field could have been so much worse.

Cubs officials met with the family and the boy returned to the lower-level seats by the end of a 9-7 comeback victory over the Miami Marlins.

“That’s a tough little kid right there,” pitcher Jeff Samardzija said afterward. “That (bat) didn’t hit anything but that kid’s – I hate to say it – his jaw. They got him out of there. It was tough to see. But they brought the kid back and it looked like he was doing all right.

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“So he’ll have a good story for the rest of his life. He took a bat to the face and walked away from it.”

Whether or not Samardzija lost focus, the game did stop for a few uneasy moments. Stanton then drove a hard single into left field, Justin Ruggiano singled into center and Logan Morrison walked on five pitches. After a visit to the mound from pitching coach Chris Bosio, Adeiny Hechavarria slammed Samardzija’s 92 mph cutter into the left-center field bleachers for a grand slam.

Samardzija (8-11, 4.29 ERA) – who reached 189 innings for the season and got bailed out with a no-decision after home runs from Ryan Sweeney and Donnie Murphy – said the accident didn’t rattle him.

“I did what I wanted to do,” Samardzija said. “They just found the hole. And then obviously you don’t want to walk Morrison there. It didn’t effect me. It was just a freak thing. It’s unfortunate to see.”