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April 24, 2014- Diamondbacks at Cubs 
Posted on July 5, 2014 at 04:58 PM.

Samardzija Pitches Perfect Game as Cubs Down Diamondbacks 4-0

By Evan Ritter, Cubs Correspondent, April 24, 2014

CHICAGO- Coming into the series down 2-1, the Chicago Cubs (8-12) came into today needing a big win, and they delivered in spectacular fashion. Jeff Samardzija (1-2) pitched his way into a shutout and possibly back into the good graces of the Chicago management. Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson would continue his curious pitcher selection as Trevor Cahill (0-1) took the mound despite having appeared in the last two games.

The Cubs were kept scoreless through five, but showed some life in the sixth, when CF Emilio Bonifacio bunted and legged out a single against Josh Collmenter. The next batter flew out, so Bonifacio decided to break for second and got there in time, increasing his hold on the NL Stolen Base category. Then, Starlin Castro lined to right, scoring Bonifacio from second. Anthony Rizzo would line to the gap, scoring Castro and getting him to second with his 4th double of the season. Nate Schierholtz would finish it off with a moon shot to right center field, netting him a well-earned 1st home run of the season.

Although the Diamondbacks threatened at least one run, they could not bring it across, and Samardzija finished nine innings.

The Cubs were buoyed by Nate Schierholtz, who went 2-for-4 including the HR. In other news, Javier Baez's first major league hit will have to wait, as he did not hit in 3 attempts and struck out once.

Following this, the Cubs are on the road for consecutive away series at Milwaukee and Cincinnati. The D-Backs will play home-and-home series against Philadelphia and Colorado.

Evan Ritter is a sports columnist for Follow him on Twitter at @evan_ritter0286.

Arizona Diamondbacks at Chicago Cubs
Jan 1, 123456789RHE
Arizona (14-10)000000000040
Chicago (8-12)000004000491
W: Samardzija (2-2) L: Collmenter (0-1) S: N/A
Scoring Summary
Arizona Diamondbacks
Bonifacio, CF4110000.265
Sweeney, LF4010000.292
Castro, SS4121000.265
Rizzo, 1B4121000.250
Schierholtz, RF4122001.264
Valbuena, 3B3000110.286
Baez, 2B3000010.000
Baker, C3000000.176
Samardzija, P3010010.333
2B: Rizzo (4)
HR: Schierholtz (1)
RBI: Castro (15), Rizzo (13), Schierholtz 2 (3)
GIDP: Schierholtz
SB: Bonifacio (9), Valbuena (1)
E: Bonifacio (2)
Chicago Cubs
Campana, CF4020000.300
Parra, RF4020000.269
Goldschmidt, 1B3000100.352
Trumbo, LF4000000.290
Hill, 2B1000310.330
Chavez, 3B2000200.317
Gregorius, SS3000000.222
Gosewisch, C3000010.227
Cahill, P1000000.000
Montero, C1000000.243
Prado, 2B1000000.278
GIDP: Parra, Trumbo, Chavez
CS: Hill
Arizona Diamondbacks
Samardzija (W, 2-2)9.04006203.60
TEAM TOTALS9.0400620
Chicago Cubs
Cahill 4.03000005.54
Collmenter (L, 0-1)1.144400127.00
TEAM TOTALS8.0944131

Yesterday's Transactions

Placed 1B Seth Loman on 15-day DL.
Placed OF Jason Heyward on 15-day DL.
Promoted 1B Barrett Kleinknect from Class-A Myrtle Beach to Double-A Mississippi.
Promoted OF Josh Elander from Class-A Myrtle Beach to Double-A Mississippi.
Promoted OF Derrick Mitchell from Double-A Missisippi to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Recalled OF Jose Costanza from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Placed Darwin Barney on 60-day DL.
Promoted 3B Jeimer Candelario from Class-A Daytona to Double-A Tennessee.
Promoted SS Jeudy Valdez from Double-A Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa.
Recalled SS Javier Baez from Triple-A Iowa.
Purchased the contract of SS Javier Baez from Triple-A Iowa.

Placed SP Wade Miley on 15-day DL.
Activated RP Evan Marshall from DL.
Recalled RP Josh Collmenter from Triple-A Reno.

Placed SP Rainy Lara on 15-day DL.
Promoted SP Michael Fulmer from Class-A Saint Lucie to Double-A Binghamton.

Placed 2B Cesar Hernandez on 15-day DL.
Promoted OF Adam Loewen from Class-A Clearwater to Double-A Reading.
Promoted 2B Matt Tolbert from Double-A Reading to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Placed 3B Jarek Cunningham on 15-day DL.
Promoted CF Barrett Barnes from Class-A Bradenton to Double-A Altoona.

Placed SS Eduardo Escobar on 15-day DL.
Promoted 2B Eddie Rosario from Class-A Fort Myers to Double-A New Britain.
Promoted CF Byron Buxton from Double-A New Britain to Triple-A Rochester.

Activated SP David Phelps from DL.
Optioned RP Adam Warren to Triple-A Scranton/WB.
Sent RP Daniel Burawa from Triple-A Scranton/WB to Double-A Trenton.
Sent RP Charley Short from Double-A Trenton to Class-A Tampa.
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