Samardzija Spins a Gem, Cubs Barely Hang On

For the third straight game the Cubs found themselves in a nail bitter that looked like it would come down to the final innings to decide a winner, that’s exactly what happened.  The Cubs got another outstanding starting pitching performance, the third straight one to start the 2012 season.  This time it was Jeff Samardzija who had the honors, and he was the best of the bunch so far.  Samardzija all but cruised through the first 8 innings on Sunday, holding the Nats to one run and three hits up to that point.  It looked like another one run advantage heading to the ninth, but the Cubs came through with two huge insurance runs in the bottom of the 8th inning.  Starlin Castro roped a one out run scoring double, and then Ian Stewart came up with a huge RBI single off of lefthander Sean Burnett to give the Cubs a 4-1 lead.

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