Remembering Samardzija

It finally happened.  After months of speculation and failed contract negotiations, the Chicago Cubs traded Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel last night to the Oakland A’s for several top prospects. As fireworks went off all over the city, twitter began reporting the workings of a big trade between the Cubs and A’s. By the time the fireworks had ended, so had Samardzija’s Cubs’ career. The deal was done and the previously longest-tenured Cub was now an Athletic.

Over the next few days, the media will break down the trade and provide sage analysis. For now, let’s take a look back at some of Samardzija’s highlights:

 

Notre Dame vs. UCLA

October 21, 2006

Take a look at the final drive of the game. In the closing seconds, Samardzija leads the Irish to victory. Well known for his determination and leadership, it’s too bad Samardzija did not have a chance for post-season heroics with the Cubs. What if the Samardzija of today had pitched on the 2007 or 2008 teams? Would it have made a difference in October?

 

Chicago Cubs vs. Florida Marlins

July 25, 2008

In his major league debut, Samardzija came on in relief and threw two innings of work. He allowed two hits and one run while striking out two batters. The Cubs later lost the game when Bobby Howry allowed a ninth-inning home run.

 

Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies

August 29, 2008

Samardzija came on in relief in a tied game and threw one and one-third scoreless innings. Alfonso Soriano hit a solo home run to put the Cubs ahead for good and Samardzija earned his first career win.

 

Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals

April 8, 2012

In his first game as a full-time starting pitcher, Samardzija lasted eight and two-thirds innings and earned the win. With two outs in the ninth inning, a Starlin Castro error extended the game and the following batter hit a two-run homer to narrow the Cubs’ lead to 4-3. Carlos Marmol came on in relief to save the game for Samardzija.

 

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

September 8, 2012

Samardzija threw his first major league complete game and earned a 4-3 win. In 120 pitches, Samardzija gave up four hits and allowed only two earned runs while striking out nine batters.

 

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

April 1, 2013

On Opening Day 2013, Samardzija pitched eight shutout innings and earned the win. In the game, Samardzija scattered two hits while striking out nine batters.

 

Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox

May 27, 2013

Samardzija pitched his first career shutout as the Cubs topped the White Sox 7-0. Allowing only two hits, Samardzija struck out eight White Sox batters.

 

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

March 31, 2014

The Cubs lost to the Pirates 1-0 on Opening Day. In a sign of things to come, Samardzija threw seven scoreless innings, but the Cubs’ offense and bullpen failed to provide him any support.

 

Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox

May 5, 2014

Samardzija pitched nine innings and allowed only one earned run, but he left the game tied at one. In addition to pitching masterfully, Samardzija scored the Cubs’ only run of the day. The team lost 3-1 in twelve innings.

 

Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals

June 28, 2014

In his last start as a Cub, Samardzija pitched his second worst game of the year. After enduring a lengthy rain delay to start the game, Samardzija surrendered five runs in only five innings of work.