Deja vu: Cubs fail to back Samardzija again in loss

Deja vu: Cubs fail to back Samardzija again in loss
April 18, 2014, 4:00 pm
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Tony Andracki

It was the same story, different day for Jeff Samardzija Friday.

The Cubs ace turned in another fine outing, but the offense once again failed to live up to their end, supplying just one run of support in a 4-1 loss to the Reds in front of 28,699 at Wrigley Field.

Samardzija threw 113 pitches in seven strong innings, allowing three runs (only one earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out seven.

The Cubs offense, coming off back-to-back shutouts at the hands of the New York Yankees, didn't score until the seventh inning when Luis Valbuena singled home Starlin Castro. But it was too little, too late, as the Reds shut down the Cubs the rest of the way.

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After looking silly on his first at-bat, Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton drove home the game's first run on a looping double to left field in the fifth. The next inning, a catcher's interference call on Welington Castillo and an error from Emilio Bonifacio led to two unearned runs and that was that.

The Reds got their third run on a wild pitch off Justin Grimm in the eighth. It was the first run Grimm had given up all season.

Anthony Rizzo collected two of the Cubs' six hits in the losing effort.