Jeff Samardzija threw seven shutout innings against the Colorado Rockies en route to his first win of the season on Thursday night. Samardzija, who owned a 3-6 lifetime record against the Rockies in 18 appearances (14 starts), mixed his pitches and kept runners off the base paths, thus limiting a Colorado offense that has struggled of late. The win was an important milestone in Samardzija’s return to health, given that it was his first such victory since April of last year.
“It’s great to do your job, and throw a quality start, but there’s nothing like getting a win,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said after the game. “I’m really happy that he got the win tonight.”
2018 was not kind to Samardzija. A shoulder injury kept him from pitching with any sort of comfort or consistency, and the numbers reflect that notion. His 6.25 ERA, as well as his 44.2 total innings pitched should indicate that poor health played hampered the Shark’s ability to perform last season. That said, he’s looked much better this season.
“Last year was not a great year for me, but I learned a lot,” Samardzija said. “To go out and pitch 15 times or so, with nothing and a hurt arm, even if it’s AA or AAA, it doesn’t matter. You still figure out ways to get outs with B, C stuff. So, when you do go out there, and you do feel good, you don’t take it for granted.”
Samardzija finished the night with 7 innings, no runs, and seven strikeouts, three hits and a walk. That’ll play. Oh, and he lowered his ERA to 1.62. That’ll definitely play.