Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/15/14

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija throws against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at Wrigley Field in Chicago on August 12, 2009. UPI /Mark Cowan Photo via Newscom

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Manager Dale Sveum was hoping that Jeff Samardzija could give the Cubs a lengthy outing Thursday but those wishes dissolved quickly. Philadelphia tagged Samardzija for 11 hits in only 3 1/3 innings as the Cubs suffered a 12-1 loss marking their sixth loss in their past seven games. This equaled the shortest start of Samardzija's career with the Phillies knocking him out on Aug. 12 2009. The nine runs allowed by Samardzija equaled a season high (July 10 against the Los Angeles Angels) and the 11 hits were a career high. Samardzija (6-11) was pulled after allowing a two-run single to Domonic Brown during a six-run fourth capped by Cody Asche's home run off Eduardo Sanchez. Nate Schierholtz accounted for the Cubs' run with a solo home run in the fourth off Ethan Martin who allowed four hits in five innings. The Cubs collected a pair of two-out hits off Martin in the third but Anthony Rizzo flied to center. Rizzo turned 24 Thursday.
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