Latest News: Technology |  Celebrity |  Movies |  Apple |  Cars |  Business |  Sports |  TV Shows |  Geek


Filed under: News | Latest Sports News


Jeff Samardzija Wins in Oakland A's Debut

Jeff Samardzija, who was acquired by the Oakland Athletics in a weekend trade with the Chicago Cubs, won his Athletics debut on July 6 when he pitched seven strong innings in a 4-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Jul 7 2014, 4:41am CDT | by

11 Updates
Jeff Samardzija Wins in Oakland A's Debut
Photo Credit: Getty Images

YouTube Videos Comments

Full Story

Jeff Samardzija Wins in Oakland A's Debut

Jeff Samardzija Wins in Oakland A's Debut
Photo Credit: Getty Images

Jeff Samardzija won his Oakland Athletics debut on July 6 after his team beat the visiting Toronto Blue Jays, 4-2.

Samardzija -- who was traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Athletics along with Jason Hamell for Addisson Russell, Billy McKinney, Dan Straily and a still unidentified player -- pitched seven strong innings in the win, per's John Hickey (via 

"Riding the high-energy input from starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija, the A's completed a four-game sweep of Toronto on Sunday with a 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays. 

"And now the fun begins. The A's host the Giants on Monday and Tuesday, then play at San Francsico on Wednesday and Thursday. Oakland is in first place, the Giants are a hair out of first place and even if that weren't true, both teams would be geared up for this one. 

"'Yeah, we look forward to it,' first baseman Brandon Moss said. 'It's the same as when we look forward to when the Rangers come in, the Angels come in. When someone that you have a competitive rivalry with comes in, you get amped up for it.'

"So the A's and Giants play every year as part of Major League Baseball's 'natural rivalry' program. And while some natural rivals are anything but, the description fits the A's and Giants as well.

"For Oakland, the Giants may as well be an American League West team for as much drive as the A's put into it. And given how many times the two teams play in Arizona each spring and in the preseason Bay Bridge series, the teams know each other very well.

"'It always make for an interesting series,' Moss said. 'Both cities have unique ways of supporting their teams. They come out, they make it loud, they make it feel like a football atmosphere. 

"'When you get these two teams on the field, you can't help but feel that energy. That's what makes it fun.'"

As for Samardzija, he had to wait for almost two months before recording his first win with the Cubs. He gets it on his very first try in Oakland, says Hickey:

"It took him almost two months to get his first win with the Cubs, and when he did, he beat the Giants on May 26. He won't pitch in these four games, but he will be an interested viewer.

"'When you come in, you don't want to mess it up,' Samardzija said. 'They were doing just fine without me. I don't want to come in and change anything and change the atmosphere. I just want to come in, make a seamless transition into this team and we'll see what happens.'

"The A's made is as easy as the could on Samardzija. They scored once in the second inning on a Craig Gentry infield hit for an RBI, then twice in the fourth on RBI singles by Nate Freiman and John Jaso. The pitcher had gotten as many as three runs from the Cubs in just six days of his 17 starts, so this was a baseball oasis for the right-hander.

"He made the most of it. After the first inning, he didn't give up a hit until the sixth, when two hits with one out produced a run. Samardzija stopped the bleeding there with a couple of grounders, then struck out the side in the seventh before turning the game over to the Oakland bullpen.

"'He fits in well here,' Melvin said. 'That performance was terrific.'" 

ESPN's David Schoenfield weighed in Samardzija's debut in an Athletics uniform:  

"I wonder who was more nervous on a Sunday afternoon: Jeff Samardzija or Billy Beane?

"Beane is notorious for not only watching Oakland's games, but I guess he paid a little more attention to this one. Samardzija made his A's debut against the Blue Jays. And while it was just one start of 16 or so he'll make for Oakland this season -- and hopefully get a few more in October -- it was an important one.

"Samardzija obviously wanted to get off to a good start for his new teammates,  and Beane, not that he cares what the pundits say about the deal, certainly has a lot riding on Samardzija's performance. 

"Samardzija was terrific, allowing five hits and one run in seven innings as the A's beat the Blue Jays 4-2. Pumping it up to 97 mph on the radar gun, Samardzija finished the big right arm that turned him into one of the National League's best pitchers best pitchers with the Cubs (he had been voted on to the NL All-Star team by the players despite his 2-7 record).

"But the 29-year-old had something to prove as well: After posting a 1.68 ERA through May, he's had two rough outings in June that pushed his ERA to 5.45 for the month and 2.83 for the season. Beane is betting those starts were an abberation and that he just traded for a guy who can join Scott Kazmir and Sonny Gray for a 1-2-3 combo that lines up nicely in a playoff series in some order (with Jason Hammel, also acquired in Friday night's big trade, in the mix as a fourth starter). 

"Samardzija threw 57 fastballs, and while he didn't record any strikeouts with it, he did get eight groundballs. That's been a key to his improvement this year: After allowing 20 home runs in 2012 and 25 in 2013, he's allowed just seven this year as his groundball rate has risen from 45 percent two years ago to 54 percent.

"Four of his five strikeouts came on his splitter, and that pitch and his slider gave him two wipeout weapons when he gets to two strikes. Batters are hitting .111 against the splitter and .206 against the slider, with just two home runs combined in in 131 at-bats ending with those pitches. With his four-seamer, two-seam sinking fastball and cutter, he's developed into a five-pitch guy, all arguably above-average pitches."

Samardzija is in his seventh MLB season. He has 644 strikeouts and a career 3.95 ERA in 673 innings pitched, per ESPN stats

For more of the hottest sports news, log on to Sport Balla today. 



iPad Air Giveaway. Win a free iPad Air.

You Might Also Like


Sponsored Update

Update: 11

Winners and losers of the 2014 MLB trade deadline

Source: Hoops Manifesto

How did you like this year’s MLB trade deadline? Any worries about little happening leading up to 4 p.m. ET on Thursday were blown up right away as the A’s and Red Sox made a blockbuster deal. The action didn’t slow down from there, resulting in one of the busiest — maybe the busiest — July 31 deadlines in recent memory and big names being exchanged between playoff hopefuls and non-contenders. Whi ...
Source: Hoops Manifesto   Full article at: Hoops Manifesto 9 hours ago


Update: 10

Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland A's: Who Is the Team to Beat After Deadline Madness?

Source: Bleacher Report

The American League is the Detroit Tigers' and Oakland Athletics' world. Everyone else is just living in it. That's how it feels after Thursday's action, anyway. The Tigers and A's made enormous upgrades to their starting rotations ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. The A's acquired ace lefty Jon Lester from the Boston Red Sox, and the Tigers acquired 2012 AL Cy Young-winning lefty David Price from ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report 22 hours ago

More From the Web

Update: 9

A’s Or Tigers: Who Won Trade Deadline 2014?

Source: SportsGrid

The 2014 Non-Waiver Trade Deadline has passed, and as deadlines go, it was a good one. The Red Sox Fire Sale continued – when’s the last time a reigning World Series winner gave away its starting rotation? – while the Cardinals, Mariners, Braves and Nationals made some positive moves for October. But the real story was the starting pitching acquisitions made by the A’s and the Tigers. So who won? Or rather, Who has a ...
Source: SportsGrid   Full article at: SportsGrid 22 hours ago

Update: 7

MLB Trades 2014: Grades and Breakdowns for Teams Active During Deadline

Source: Bleacher Report

There is always plenty of buildup and anticipation for the MLB trade deadline, with the actual event not always living up to the billing. On Thursday the deals consummated did not disappoint. Some of the biggest trades that took place were to acquire veteran arms, as franchises look to make a postseason charges. Whether it was Jon Lester, John Lackey or David Price getting moved, several huge names have chances to make a difference in the postseason. As for the players moved to acquire those ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report 1 day ago, 6:00pm CDT

Update: 6

Jon Lester's Postseason Pedigree Makes Oakland A's New October Favorite

Source: Bleacher Report

Warning: Justin Verlander’s read may be different, but call the Jon Lester-turbocharged Oakland A’s the Kings of the Hill. They’ve got pitching for Game 1. They’ve got pitching for Game 2. Heck, with Lester, Jeff Samardzija, Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir, Jesse Chavez, Jason Hammel and an absolutely killer bullpen, they’ve got pitching for Games 8, 9, 10 and 11, too. Whatever October throws at them, the A’s now have the arms to throw back. And then some. But before we flip that calendar to October an ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report 1 day ago, 10:52am CDT

Update: 5

Busy A’s Bring Back Outfielder Fuld For Starter Tommy Milone

Source: CBS San Francisco

OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Just minutes after swinging their second blockbuster trade of the season, trading slugger Yoenis Cespedes to the Red Sox for Ace Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes, the A’s have made another trade, bringing back outfielder Sam Fuld from the Twins for pitcher Tommy Milone. #Athletics acquire outfielder Sam Fuld from the Minnesota Twins for left-handed pitcher Tommy Milone.— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) July 31, 2014 Fuld p ...
Source: CBS San Francisco   Full article at: CBS San Francisco 1 day ago, 10:32am CDT

Update: 4

Tommy Milone to Twins: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reactions

Source: Bleacher Report

The Minnesota Twins have acquired left-handed starter Tommy Milone from the pitching-rich Oakland Athletics in exchange for outfielder Sam Fuld.    Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports broke the news an agreement had been reached: Jerry Crasnick of ESPN provided the additional details: The Athletics then confirmed the swap: It's a unique deal. Fuld signed with the Athletics during the winter but was designated for assignment after just seven games. The Twins claimed hi ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report 1 day ago, 10:29am CDT

Update: 3

A's, Red Sox make one of the most daring deadline deals ever

Source: SBNation

A strange but daring swap of offense for pitching, with the A's making the unusual decision to deal from their pile of major-league stars. In one of the oddest and most fascinating in-season trades in baseball history, the Oakland A's have acquired left-handed pitcher Jon Lester, platoon outfielder Jonny Gomes, and cash from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for slugging left field ...
Source: SBNation   Full article at: SBNation 1 day ago, 10:22am CDT

Update: 2

A’s Blockbuster Deal Sends Cespedes To Red Sox For Ace John Lester, Local Boy Johnny Gomes

Source: CBS San Francisco

OAKLAND (CBS SF) – The A’s have added another ace to their rotation, and brought back fan favorite Jonny Gomes for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, confirms John Heyman of CBS Sports. The A’s will also give up a 2015 draft pick in the deal, but get back cash from the sox. Lester, 30, is 10-7 with a 2.52 ERA this season. He’s posted a 1.12 WHIP and 149 strikeouts against 32 walks in 143 innings this season. The tree-time All-Star was skipped in the ro ...
Source: CBS San Francisco   Full article at: CBS San Francisco 1 day ago, 9:29am CDT

Update: 1

The Oakland A's Just Shook Up MLB With A Huge Trade, Are Going All-In On Winning The World Series

Source: The Business Insider

The Oakland A's made their second enormous trade in three weeks, acquiring starting pitcher Jon Lester from the Boston Red Sox according to several media outlets. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the A's will receive Lester, designated hitter Jonny Gomes, and cash in exchange for young slugger Yoenis Cespedes. Final full trade: Jon Lester, Jonny Gomes and $ to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes and the second pick in the competitive balance C ...
Source: The Business Insider   Full article at: The Business Insider 1 day ago, 9:23am CDT

Shopping Deals


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.




blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Katy Perry Praised by President Obama
Katy Perry Praised by President Obama
It was a once-a-lifetime opportunity and the person who availed it was none other than the Firework singer Katy Perry. She was invited to a dinner at the White House in honor of the Special Olympics and Katy decided to...
Heidi Klum Pic has Zac Posen’s hands on her Naked Boobs
Heidi Klum Pic has Zac Posen’s hands on her Naked Boobs
A recent pic of Heidi Klum had her Project Runway judge Zac Posen’s hands firmly on her naked boobs. It was quite a shocker alright.
Kelly Rowland is Expecting a Baby Boy
Kelly Rowland is Expecting a Baby Boy
The once-upon-a-time member of Destiny’s Child, Kelly Rowland discussed her pregnancy and the food cravings that came with the territory. And she also revealed her baby's gender accidentally.
Kate Hudson recalls her Best Kiss with Heath Ledger
Kate Hudson recalls her Best Kiss with Heath Ledger
The beautiful and illustrious Kate Hudson has recalled the on screen best kiss of her life to have been with the late Aussie actor Heath Ledger.

About the Geek Mind

The “geek mind” is concerned with more than just the latest iPhone rumors, or which company will win the gaming console wars. I4U is concerned with more than just the latest photo shoot or other celebrity gossip.

The “geek mind” is concerned with life, in all its different forms and facets. The geek mind wants to know about societal and financial issues, both abroad and at home. If a Fortune 500 decides to raise their minimum wage, or any high priority news, the geek mind wants to know. The geek mind wants to know the top teams in the National Football League, or who’s likely to win the NBA Finals this coming year. The geek mind wants to know who the hottest new models are, or whether the newest blockbuster movie is worth seeing. The geek mind wants to know. The geek mind wants—needs—knowledge.

Read more about The Geek Mind.