Shark's Struggles Continue

DAYTONA BEACH – Jeff Samardzija failed to notch his first win of the season yet again as Class-A Daytona (25-28) fell to the first-place Brevard County Manatees (33-21) by a score of 13-4 on Friday night at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

"We hit some balls hard," Daytona manager Jody Davis said following the game. "But they were catching ours and we weren't catching theirs."

Samardzija's (0-5) first win continued to elude him, and in a big way.

He gave up a season-high eight runs on 10 hits in just five innings of work in a rainy loss. Rain poured all night as the Manatees pounded out hit after hit against the struggling right-hander and former two-sport ace.

Throughout his start, Samardzija seemed to be leaving a good number of his pitches up in the zone. His breaking ball, meanwhile, did not appear to be getting much movement.

"It just seems like the last two or three starts, every mistake he makes ... at this level, you can usually get by with about half of them. He just hasn't gotten by with any," said Davis.

"That's just the kind of run that he's on right now."

Between Samardzija and the two relievers that followed him, Jesse Estrada and Joel Santo, the Cubs allowed a season-high 13 runs on 16 hits.

Earlier in the day came the announcement that five Daytona players were selected to the Florida State League Eastern Division All-Star team.

The players will be on familiar ground as the game will take place at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach on June 16.

Right-hander Mitch Atkins, the Cubs' three outfielders — center fielder Tyler Colvin, right fielder Chris Amador, and left fielder Jesus Valdez — and third baseman Matt Matulia were selected by the managers of the FSL.

"All five guys have played pretty well at times," Davis said. "Atkins has done a great job for us as a starter. All three outfielders have had good first halves. Colvin is impressive and you can see a lot of the tools there. He is on his way. And Matulia too, he has swung the bat well."

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