June was not kind to the Cubs. After entering the month with a 25-24 record, the Cubs went 11-14 in…
Samardzija up; Ascanio down
Samardzija begins his second stint with the Cubs this season, as he made five relief appearances for Chicago from April 23-May 6, and logged an 8.10 ERA (3 ER/3.1 IP) with no record.
Since making his big league debut in July of 2008, Samardzija is 1-0 with one save and a 2.90 ERA (10 ER/31.0 IP) in 31 career relief appearances for the Cubs. He has averaged 8.71 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched, recording 30 strikeouts in 31.0 innings of work while issuing 17 free passes.
Ascanio, 24, is 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA (6 ER/15.1 IP) in 14 relief appearances for the Cubs since he was recalled from Iowa May 10. In his second season with the organization, he went 1-1 with a 1.01 ERA (3 ER/26.2 IP) in six starts to begin the year with Iowa.
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