Grounds crew interns wanted: Must be able to run in wet khakis
With a storm looming and Will Ferrell doing that whole Will Ferrell thing just a few yards away, Jeff Samadzija had himself a bona fide Rich Harden night, throwing 97 pitches through five and striking out 9 Marlins. After a horrific June powered largely by a diminished K rate, it's good to see Samardzija focus on missing bats and succeed. The only thing it cost him was the win, which is a pretty meaningless stat anyhow. I'm far more impressed that he got out of the first unscathed after a leadoff triple from Emilio Bonifacio. James Russell picked up the win by pitching the top of the 6th - the last full inning before the whole show was called off. Samardzija gave up his only run on a homer to Jose Reyes.
Starlin Castro single hit on the night was a solo homer in the bottom of the 4th to tie the game. I'd love to show that to you, but MLB won't let me embed it here. Or Samardizja's 9 Ks. Or anything but Darwin Barney's tag on Bonifacio. So please enjoy Darwin Barney tagging out Emilio Bonifacio. They have some weird fucking ideas over there.
HOT INFIELD ACTION!
We give Jeff Baker a lot of shit around here, but he's been killing it this series. His 3-run double in the 7th put the Cubs up big with the best of timing. One out into the next half-inning the rain came, and 1:17 later (condolences to you poor bastards who waited it out), it was done and the Cubs had taken it in decidedly non-dramatic fashion. I'll still take it.
Today is Buerhle and Maholm. And possibly rain again.