With the first half of the MLB season coming to a close, the Chicago Cubs have been looking for any positive momentum going into the All-Star break. After winning 8-7 against the New York Mets on Friday, the Cubs were looking for a repeat performance Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately the Mets were able to take game two with a 3-1 victory over the Cubs. Jeff Samardzija and Dillon Gee were the starting pitchers for Saturday’s contest. Each pitcher gave up seven hits in seven-plus innings. It was Samardzija though, who came out with lose giving up three earned on those seven hits with four strikeouts in seven innings of work. Samardzija has now only recorded one win in his last seven starts. His record is now 6-8 with an ERA of 4.71.
In Saturday’s game, the Cubs were able to stop the 3-0 shutout ,in the sixth inning, with an RBI single from David DeJesus to score Luis Valbuena. After putting up eight runs on 18 hits in game one, the Cubs were unable to come close to that performance against Dillon Gee, only notching one run in his eight innings.
Since their last series with the Mets, the Cubs have gone 8-4 over that stretch. A win Sunday would do wonders in creating more confidence for the team going into the second half of a rebuilding season.
Sunday’s final game of the first half will feature Ryan Dempster, who is returning from the DL. Dempster is 3-3 with a 2.11 ERA. He will be facing Mets starter Jonathan Niese who is 7-3 with a 3.35 ERA.
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Written by Brandyn Smith
My name is Brandyn Smith. I am 23 years old. I graduated with a Finance degree from Providence College in 2011. I am a freelance writer pursuing a career in Sports Administration. I love sports and I’m here to share my sports knowledge with everyone. Currently I am studying Organizational Behavior at Northwestern University.