3/18 Cubs 5, Padres 2
Edwin Jackson was the first Cubs pitcher to get three at-bats in a game. He cruised through a nearly effortless outing on Monday, throwing 76 pitches over six innings in the Cubs’ 5-2 win over the Padres. Dave Sappelt hit a three-run homer to lift the Cubs.
“I’m just trying to progress as the season goes on,” Jackson said. “I’m just trying to get closer to game mode as we get closer to the end of March, and I’m just trying to keep the ball rolling in a positive direction right on into the season.”
His goal is to make his infielders work.
“It’s hard to hit a home run on the ground so you try to keep the ball down,” Jackson said.
One thing he does have to work on is packing. Jackson wore jersey No. 82, not his assigned No. 36. He forgot that one.
“I was coming out as a new person to try out,” he said, joking about the mistake. “I had my bag packed an hour before, too. The number didn’t do me too bad.”
Usually No. 82 is reserved for Minor Leaguers or non-roster invitees. Will Jackson wear it again?
“I don’t know about that,” he said.
— Carrie Muskat