8/21 Final: Cubs 2, Giants 1

Tuesday’s suspended game was completed on Thursday, although it took 6 hours 31 minutes of rain delays. There was a 4:34 delay on Tuesday, and a 1:57 delay on Thursday.

* Anthony Rizzo’s two-run homer proved to be the difference. He connected in the first inning on Tuesday.

* Tsuyoshi Wada still got the win, his third straight. He threw five scoreless innings. It’s the first time in seven starts that he did not walk a batter. In his last five starts, Wada has a 2.08 ERA (7 ER/30 1/3 IP) while walking five and striking out 26.

* The Cubs totaled three hits, the fewest in a win since totaling three hits on April 4 of last year at Pittsburgh.

* Thursday marked the Cubs’ first suspended game since May 1, 2007, at Pittsburgh (game suspended in the bottom of the seventh with one out and the Cubs leading, 6-5 … game was finished the following day with the Cubs winning, 8-6).

* It’s the first suspended game at Wrigley Field since July 10, 1987, vs. the Dodgers (game suspended with two out in the bottom ninth due to darkness with the score tied at 4-4 … game was finished the following day with the Dodgers winning 5-4 in 10 innings).

8/21 One more roster move

The Cubs recalled Blake Parker from Triple-A Iowa to be the 26th man for Thursday’s second game.

8/21 Game time – UPDATED

The start of the suspended game between the Cubs and Giants was to have been at 4:05 p.m. CT, but rain delayed that for 1 hour 57 minutes. Add that delay to the 4 hour 34 minute delay on Tuesday, and total delay time is 6 hours 31 minutes. The regularly scheduled game Thursday is expected to start 40 minutes after the conclusion of the suspended game.

8/21 Jackson: “I still have a lot of upside”

Edwin Jackson says he could no longer pitch through the discomfort, and on Thursday, the Cubs pitcher was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right lat strain. It’s been a struggle this season for the right-hander, who lasted 2 2/3 innings on Wednesday against the Giants, giving up seven runs, to tall to 6-14 with a 6.09 ERA. He led the National League in losses last year, and was on pace to do so again.

“It’s been the last few starts and something I’ve tried to work through,” Jackson said Thursday. “I figured it was in the best interest of myself and the team as well to try not to fight through it any more before something major happens. It’s one of those things that you try to work through and it didn’t work out for me.”

Jackson ended the 2013 season with a similar injury, and was pulled from his final start against the Cardinals on Sept. 28 after 2 2/3 innings to end the year, 8-18 with a 4.98 ERA. Those aren’t exactly the type of numbers the Cubs envisioned when the signed him to a four-year, $52 million contract in December 2012. Jackson has two years remaining on that deal.

“I don’t think I’ve proven to the fans or the organization of Chicago what I can do, what I’m capable of doing,” Jackson said. “I still think I have a lot of upside and a lot to bring to the table. I just haven’t proved it.

“At the end of the day, you have to go out and do it on the field,” he said. “Regardless of what anyone says about confidence … I haven’t lost any confidence. When I take the field, I feel like I’m the best pitcher on the field and it just hasn’t shown. I feel I have a lot to prove to the organization and I still have a lot to prove to the fans of Chicago and I feel I owe them a lot being paid a lucrative contract. I still owe a lot to the team.”

Jackson said the injury will not force him to miss the rest of the season but there is no timetable for his return. He will simply take it day to day.

“He’s not a guy who complains,” manager Rick Renteria said. “I think he just tried to push his way through it. That’s him, that’s his makeup. Obviously, it’s just prudent for him not to keep pushing through it and we’ll make adjustments.”

Jackson’s next start was scheduled for Tuesday against the Reds, but who will start that game is still to be determined. Among the candidates are Jacob Turner or Dan Straily.

– Carrie Muskat

8/21 Roster moves

The Cubs placed shortstop Starlin Castro on the bereavement list and recalled Logan Watkins from Triple-A iowa. They also placed pitcher Edwin Jackson on the 15-day disabled list with a right lat strain. Zac Rosscup was called up from Iowa. No word on who will step into Jackson’s spot in the rotation.

– Carrie Muskat

8/21 Cubs vs Orioles

Looking ahead, the Cubs will play the Orioles at Wrigley Field in an Interleague series, starting Friday. Here are the pitching matchups:

Friday: RHP Jake Arrieta (6-4, 2.61) vs. RHP Kevin Gausman (7-4, 3.70)
Saturday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (5-1, 1.48) vs. RHP Bud Norris (11-7, 3.69)
Sunday: LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (2-1, 2.75) vs. RHP Miguel Gonzalez (6-6, 3.80)

8/21 Minor matters – Wednesday’s games

Kris Bryant hit his 19th home run but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 11-4, to Reno. Eric Jokisch gave up four earned runs over five innings. Bryant finished with two hits and two RBI. Manny Ramirez hit his second double this season, and Rafael Lopez added a triple. Jokisch’s loss snapped a string of four straight quality starts.

Addison Russell hit his third homer in as many games, a two-run shot in the first, to help Tennessee beat Montgomery, 4-1. Russell is 9-for-23 with three homers in his last five games.

Eduardo Figueroa gave up five runs over four innings in Daytona’s 7-3 loss to Clearwater. Marco Hernandez had two hits and one RBI. Kyle Schwarber extended his hit streak to seven games.

Kane County tied a franchise record for home wins with its 50th as Jeffrey Baez homered in a 7-3 win over Burlington. Baez finished with two hits.

Jake Stinnett struck out four over 2 2/3 innings in Boise’s 4-1 win over Vancouver. Bryant Flete and Mark Malave each singled, doubled and scored twice.

Mesa had Wednesday off, and returns to action Thursday against the D-Backs.

8/21 Giants 8, Cubs 3 – Wednesday’s game

* Edwin Jackson lost his 14th game of the season. He gave up seven runs on eight hits and two walks over 2 2/3 innings. It was his shortest outing since going 2 2/3 innings on Sept. 28 last year vs. the Cardinals. He’s 1-6 with an 8.52 ERA (41 ER/43 1/3 IP) in his last nine starts.

* Luis Valbuena tied a career-high with three hits (previously done, Aug. 18 vs. Mets) when he hit his 11th home run of the season in the eighth.

* Chris Valaika hit his first home run with the Cubs, a two-run shot to left field, in the second. It was his first home run since May 4 of last year.

* Anthony Rizzo has 240 total bases, third best in the NL.

* John Baker had two hits, his seventh multi-hit game of the season and first since July 13 vs. Atlanta.

* The Cubs grounded into a season-high tying three double plays, previously done, July 31 vs. Colorado.

* The Cubs lost their 15th game while recording double-digit hits. The most hits the Cubs have tallied in a loss this year is 15 (April 2 at Pittsburgh).

* Starlin Castro was scratched because of a family emergency, and was expected to be placed on the bereavement list. He could miss up to seven games.

8/20 MLB upholds Giants’ protest

Major League Baseball announce that Tuesday’s Cubs game against the giants will resume on Thursday at Wrigley Field, starting at 4:05 p.m. CT, with the Cubs batting in the bottom of the fifth. Following the conclusion of the game, the Cubs and Giants will play their regularly-scheduled game at 7:05 p.m. CT.

Ticket holders from Tuesday’s game may redeem their tickets for Thursday’s 4:05 p.m. game and remain for the regularly scheduled 7:05 p.m. contest against the Giants. Ticket holders for Thursday’s 7:05 p.m. game may also attend the 4:05 p.m. game from their ticketed seats.

To redeem tickets, fans must present the Tuesday game ticket at the Wrigley Field Ticket Office. Tickets may be redeemed for the best comparable seats and are subject to availability. Tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged for cash value.

Tuesday ticket holders who cannot make Thursday’s game may opt for a complimentary weeknight game at Wrigley Field during the remainder of the 2014 season.

Major League Baseball announced that Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations Joe Torre has upheld a protest filed by the Giants regarding the calling of their rain-shortened game against the Cubs on Tuesday.

An examination of the circumstances of the game has led to the determination that there was sufficient cause to believe that there was a “malfunction of a mechanical field device under control of the home club” within the meaning of Official Baseball Rule 4.12(a)(3). Available video of the incident, and conversations with representatives of the Cubs, demonstrate that the Cubs’ inability to deploy the tarp appropriately was caused by the failure to properly wrap and spool the tarp after its last use. As a result, the grounds keeping crew was unable to properly deploy the tarp after the rain worsened. In accordance with Rule 4.12(a)(3), the game should be considered a suspended game that must be completed at a future date.

In addition, Major League Baseball has spoken with the crew chief, Hunter Wendelstedt, and has concluded that the grounds crew worked diligently in its attempt to comply with his direction and cover the field. Thus, there is no basis for the game to be forfeited by the Cubs pursuant to Rule 4.16.

8/20 Minor matters

Manny Ramirez hit a two-run homer but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 4-2, to Salt Lake. Dallas Beeler gave up three runs over seven innings. Junior Lake posted his first four-hit game and Kris Bryant returned to the lineup and hit a double and drew a walk. Iowa plays at Reno on Wednesday.

Addison Russeel hit a grand slam but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost, 7-6, to Montgomery. C.J. Edwards struck out seven over five scoreless innings. Russell hit his second home run in as many games.

Daytona beat Clearwater, 4-3, in the first game of a doubleheader. Kyle Schwarber tied the game with a two-out home run in the seventh and the Cubs won on a walk-off error in the eighth. It was Schwarber’s fourth home run, and he is batting .270. In the second game, Schwarber had two more hits, but it wasn’t enough as Daytona lost, 10-8.

Trey Martin hit his third homer in his last five games in Kane County’s 4-3 win over Burlington. Jacob Rogers drove in two runs. Zak Hermans picked up the win in relief.

Kevin Brown had three hits but it wasn’t enough as Boise lost, 2-0, to Vancouver. Charcer Burks finished with two hits, including a double.

Justin Steele gave up one hit over three innings and struck out four in Mesa’s 7-0 win over the Giants. Varonex Cuevas had three hits, and Eloy Jimenez drove in his 22nd run, second most on the team to Gleyber Torres, who has 26 RBI. Carson Sands threw three scoreless innings for the win. He’s given up one earned run over 16 innings.


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