CINCINNATI (AP) — Jeff Samardzija has never pitched this much in his life. It might be catching up to him.
The Cincinnati Reds pegged the Chicago Cubs’ right-hander for eight hits, including two 400-foot home runs, and six runs in 5 2-3 innings en route to a 6-0 win in the finale of a three-game series on Wednesday.
Devin Mesoraco hit his first home run in more than a month and Jack Hannahan added his first career pinch-hit homer as Cincinnati avoided a sweep by the last-place Cubs.
Samardzija, who became a full-time starter last season, already had set career highs in starts and innings entering his 30th start on Wednesday. Manager Dale Sveum thinks the workload might be catching up to him more than just physically.
“He probably won’t admit it, but I think it’s probably a combination of that and he’s mentally worn out, too,” Sveum said.
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