Samardzija battered again; Mets drub Cubs, 17-1
CHICAGO – June can’t end soon enough for Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija.
After a great start to the season, Samardzija has sputtered in his last four starts – all losses – and the Mets became the latest to victimize him. Hoping to sweep the Mets at Wrigley Field for the first time since 2004, the Cubs instead were on the receiving end of their worst loss in nearly two years.
Unlike the Cubs, the Mets took advantage of the hitter-friendly conditions at Wrigley Field and cruised to a 17-1 win behind consecutive six-run innings. Samardzija surrendered nine runs in 4 1/3 innings, and reliever Casey Coleman didn’t fare much better in his 1 2/3 innings of work, giving up seven runs. The Mets hit four home runs, including a Scott Hairston grand slam.
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