Over the course of a season certain games stand out, whether it be bad or good, for some reason you remember them, tonight was one of those games. It all started before the game even got underway when D-Backs starter Joe Saunders couldn’t get loose warming up in the bullpen and had to be scratched from his start, so Josh Collmenter was forced into duty. Now Joe Saunders is a left-handed pitcher so Dale Sveum went with his super sweet, and really awesome, and special “left-handed-pitcher” lineup, which featured Reed Johnson leading off, and Jeff Baker hitting fourth. This really neat approach has been used all season long, to the tune of a 3-14 record against left-handed pitchers, so it’s obviously working. Dale Sveum had the opportunity to change his lineup before first pitch, because Josh Collmenter is right-handed, Sveum declined, and the Cubs lost 6-1.
Things started well enough as Geovany Soto hit a 450′ bomb to center field to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. Jeff Samardzija has been perplexing as of late, breezing through the early innings, then struggling to the point of having to come out in the 5th or 6th because of pitch count. Samardzija was great in the first three innings tonight then his command went out the window as did the Cubs lead. Samardzija gave up two runs in the 4th, one in the 5th, and two more in the 6th en route to his 6th loss of the season. Geovany Soto who looks like a new man since coming off the DL had another solid night at the plate going 2-for-4 with his 5th home run of the season. The Cubs couldn’t come through with the big hit all night, as they were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left 11 guys on base, including the bases-loaded two different times. Full box score and highlights after the jump.