THE GOOD: Samardzija was dominant in three scoreless innings of work, striking out three. He made good hitters like Billy Butler and Alcides Escobar look bad on swinging strikeouts. Samardzija may be ahead of every starting candidate in camp, other than Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster. The Cubs continue to run the bases well, converting 4 of 5 stolen base attempts. They also worked the counts the way the coaching staff has instructed. The Cubs have 55 hits in four games.
OUTSIDE THE BOX: GM Jed Hoyer and asst Gm Randy Bush getting words of encouragement from other teams scouts watching Samardzjia dominate the Royals.