If you like pitching then this one was for you as Jeff Samardzija and Erik Bedard put on a clinic, fortunately for the Cubs Samardzija was just a hair better… get it? Samardzija was dominant as he matched Bedard pitch for pitch in his eight innings of work. Count me as one of the people who thought Samardzija should have been allowed to finish the game, he wasn’t, but Carlos Marmol was outstanding in the ninth close out a 2-0 victory over the red-hot Pirates. The final line for Samardzija was impressive, he shut out the Pirates over eight innings giving up only one hit while walking one and striking out five to earn his seventh win of the season against eight losses. As I mentioned Bedard was equally as good but the Cubs broke the deadlock in the fourth inning thanks to a double from Alfonso Soriano. Soriano wasn’t done there as he liked doubling home Castro so much that he did it again in the ninth inning to give the Cubs a 2-0 lead and some breathing room. Starlin Castro played table setter for the Cubs tonight as he earned a two out walk before Soriano’s first double, and singled in the ninth before scoring on Soriano’s second double. Castro finished the night 1-for-3 with a walk and two very big runs scored. I guess I should mention that as of 9:33 PM CST Ryan Dempster is still a member of the Chicago Cubs, it’s been a crazy day, glad it ended with a solid victory. Full box score and highlights after the jump.