Samardzija (4-6) picked up the win Friday, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk over six innings while striking out five in an 11-5 victory over the Diamondbacks. The Giants racked up six runs in the first three innings, giving Samardzija just enough cushion to withstand a four-run Arizona rally in the fourth and still come away with the win. The right-hander will carry a 4.23 ERA and 66:24 K:BB through 78.2 innings into his next start Wednesday, at home against the Rockies.
Samardzija (3-6) allowed four runs on nine hits and two walks across five innings while taking the loss Sunday against the Brewers. He struck out five. Samardzija allowed a steady stream of baserunners throughout the contest and was scored upon in four different innings. He generated seven groundball outs to help his cause, but he still needed 114 pitches to battle through five frames. Samardzija has an uninspiring 5.76 ERA over his last four outings and will face a tough task in his next start on the road against the D-backs.
Samardzija (3-4) allowed one earned run on three hits and no walks while striking out six across six innings to earn the win Sunday against the Orioles. Samardzija handled the Orioles, with his only earned run coming on a solo homer by Trey Mancini. He still wasn't particularly deceptive, generating only 11 swinging strikes on 110 pitches. However, he controlled his pitches well, starting 13 of the 21 batters he faced with a strike and finding the zone with 77 of his 110 pitches. It was a nice bounce-back effort for Samardzija, as he squandered a start at Miami by allowing five earned runs in his previous outing. He'll look to build on Sunday's victory in his next scheduled start, currently penciled in at home Friday against the Dodgers.
Samardzija (2-4) allowed five runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and a walk across four innings while taking a loss against the Marlins on Tuesday. The eight hits allowed were a season high for Samardzija, who is still only permitting opponents to bat .237 against him. Homers have been Samardzija's bigger issue this year, but he actually kept the ball in the yard Tuesday. Still, he suffered his third straight loss. Samardzija is 2-4 with a 3.83 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 45 strikeouts in 56.1 innings this season. He is scheduled to take the hill again against the Orioles on Sunday.
Samardzija (2-3) took the loss Wednesday against the Braves, allowing six runs (all unearned) on four hits and two walks while fanning seven through six innings of work. It was first time in his last seven starts that Samardzija managed to complete six innings, but it sure wasn't pretty. The 34-year-old surrendered the lead for good after a messy second inning that started by hitting Austin Riley with a pitch. With one out, Samardzija's own throwing error prevented a double play as Ozzie Albies took first. Speedy Braves starter Max Fried took advantage and scored the first run of the game with a force-out RBI. Trouble continued when Ronald Acuna Jr. struck out but still reached on Samardzija's wild pitch. The ultimate damage came from back-to-back home runs by Dansby Swanson and Freddie Freeman to give the Braves a 6-0 lead. The veteran righty now holds a 3.27 ERA and 1.17 WHIP and will look to get back into the win column against the Marlin on Tuesday.