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The Cubs send Edwin Jackson to the mound Tuesday against Reds lefty Tony Cingrani at Great American Ball Park. Here’s the lineup:
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The Cubs hit the road on Monday, opening an 11-game trip in Cincinnati. Here are the pitching matchups:
Monday: LHP Travis Wood (8-11, 3.17) vs. RHP Bronson Arroyo (13-10, 3.62)
Tuesday: RHP Edwin Jackson (7-15, 4.91) vs. LHP Tony Cingrani (7-3, 2.80)
Wednesday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.29) vs. RHP Mike Leake (12-6, 3.46)
No Darwin Barney or Junior Lake in the Cubs lineup Tuesday as they face the Marlins in the second game of their three-game series at Wrigley Field. Dale Sveum had said he would rotate outfielders Lake, Ryan Sweeney and Brian Bogusevic, while Nate Schierholtz will get most of the starts in right against right-handed pitchers. Here’s the lineup:
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The Cubs continue their homestand on Monday, Labor Day, playing host to the Marlins. Here are the pitching matchups:
Monday: LHP Travis Wood (8-10, 3.09) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (2-3, 3.90)
Tuesday: RHP Edwin Jackson (7-14, 4.90) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (3-9, 4.72)
Wednesday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.13) vs. TBD
Edwin Jackson ended August without a win, serving up solo home runs to Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier, and also made a throwing error that led to another run, as the Dodgers topped the Cubs, 4-0, on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. Ricky Nolasco is the only starter the Cubs will face in five games who hasn’t won a Cy Young, yet he looked as if he had the trophy on his mantel. Nolasco struck out 11 and held Chicago to three hits over eight innings as the Dodgers shut out the Cubs for the third time this season.
Despite the loss, the Cubs completed their long, 15,000-plus miles of travel back and forth to the West Coast with a 12-12 record against West division teams in the American and National Leagues. Last season, they went 1-18 on the road against the NL West, but were 8-8 this season.
Jackson finished August 0-3 in five starts, giving up 19 earned runs on 38 hits over 28 2/3 innings for a 5.96 ERA in the month.
Ramirez hit a changeup for his 15th home run in the first, and Ethier made it 2-0 with his 10th home run with one out in the fourth.
What hurt was Jackson’s error in the fifth. Juan Uribe and Tim Federowicz both singled. Nolasco then bunted, and Jackson fielded the ball but bounced his throw past third baseman Cody Ransom for an error. Uribe scored on the play, and Federowicz tallied on Skip Schumaker’s single.
It’s the third time this season the Dodgers shut out the Cubs.
Edwin Jackson shouldered the blame for Friday’s 8-6 loss to the Padres in which the Cubs’ right-hander blew a six-run first inning lead. Pitching coach Chris Bosio said it wasn’t just Jackson.
“There’s one thing that we are as a team, we win together as a team, we lose together as a team,” Bosio said. “We could’ve helped him out, he could’ve helped himself out. Last night, we did not close the deal as a team.
“I know he had some issues with his offspeed pitches and he hung a couple and they got hit extremely hard,” Bosio said.
“That’s what we’ve seen of Edwin this year. … Yeah, we expect more out of Edwin, and I know he expects more out of himself. It’s a constant work in progress with him.”
Jackson is 7-13 with a 5.00 ERA in 25 starts, and this month, he’s 0-2 with a 6.95 ERA in four starts.
“The bottom line is yes, there are more expectations out of Edwin than what we’ve seen and he’s been pretty candid about it that he’s not lived up to that,” Bosio said of the right-hander, who signed a four-year, $52 million contract this offseason with the Cubs, his first multi-year deal.
“What can he do differently? Work harder and try to execute the pitches,” Bosio said. “In this game, it’s a game of results, and he’s got to give it done.”
– Carrie Muskat
After the Cubs complete their series against the Padres on Sunday, they head north up I-5 to Los Angeles to face the red-hot Dodgers. Here are the pitching matchups:
Monday: RHP Jake Arrieta (1-0, 3.71) vs. RHP Zack Greinke (12-3,2.91)
Tuesday: LHP Travis Wood (7-10, 3.22) vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw (13-7, 1.72)
Wednesday: RHP Edwin Jackson (7-13, 5.00) vs. RHP Ricky Nolasco (10-9, 3.42)
The Cubs scored a season-high six runs in the first inning, but it wasn’t enough for Edwin Jackson. Will Venable hit a two-run triple in the fifth and a tiebreaking solo home run in the seventh, and rookie Jedd Gyorko smacked two home runs to help the Padres rally from a six-run first inning deficit and post an 8-6 victory Friday night over the Cubs at Petco Park. It wsa the largest come-from-behind win of the season for the Padres.
“For me not to come out and hold a lead, that’s just disappointing, it’s a terrible job, flat out,” Jackson said. “There’s no other way to put it.”
The Cubs sent a dozen batters to the plate in the first and opened a 6-0 lead, thanks to a three-run homer by Nate Schierholtz, his 19th, and a two-run triple by Brian Bogusevic. But the Cubs’ offense for the night lasted just that two-thirds of an inning.
Jackson served up a three-run home run to Gyorko, the slugger’s 15th, with one out in the fourth. The Padres had two on and one out again in the fifth when Will Venable smacked a two-run triple. It is part of an unfortunate trend with Jackson. He holds batters to a .256 average the first time through the lineup, but they are hitting .313 the third time.
“To pretty much sum it up, I got beat on two breaking balls,” Jackson said. “I gave up a three-run homer [to Gyorko] on a hanging slider. I was throwing strikes, so it wasn’t like I wasn’t throwing strikes. I left too good of pitches in the zone for them to hit long balls with men on base. That pretty much sums it up.”
Was the problem pitch selection?
“It was just terrible location,” Jackson said. “[The pitches] were pretty much over the plate and hanging. It was just terrible, bad pitches. It wasn’t pitch selection, just location.”
Said Cubs manager Dale Sveum: “You can’t throw big league hitters balls down the middle.”
Said Navarro: “He missed his location and was pitching up in the zone a little bit, and when you pitch up in the zone, bad things happen.”
Yes, they do. With the game tied in the seventh, pinch-hitter Ronny Cedeno singled off Jackson, who was pulled in favor of James Russell. The lefty picked off Cedeno, but then served up Venable’s homer to let the Padres go ahead, 7-6.
“Once again, it was bad pitch selection,” Sveum said. “You’re not supposed to throw [Venable] a slider, and he threw him a slider.”
– Carrie Muskat
Edwin Jackson takes the mound Friday when the Cubs open their West Coast trip against the Padres and Edinson Volquez in San Diego. Jackson has posted 11 quality starts but has 13 losses this season. He’s one of four pitchers in baseball to reach both of those numbers, joining the Phillies’ Cole Hamels (5-13, 19 quality starts); the Giants’ Tim Lincecum (6-13, 11 quality starts); and the Brewers’ Wily Peralta (8-13, 13 quality starts).
Starlin Castro is leading off for the sixth time this season, and Anthony Rizzo batting second for the third time. Here’s the lineup:
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At least the Cubs weren’t shut out again. Jon Jay drove in four runs, including three on a home run, to back Adam Wainwright, who struck out 11 over seven innings and power the Wild Card-leading Cardinals to a 6-1 victory Sunday against the Cubs to take the series at Wrigley Field. Dale Sveum and James Russell were both ejected in the seventh after an argument about a third-strike call by home-plate umpire Phil Cuzzi on Donnie Murphy’s check-swing attempt.
The Cubs have scored 12 runs in their last eight home games, with seven coming in Friday’s 7-0 win to open the series. They’re batting .197 in the eight games, and are 4-for-38 (.105) with runners in scoring position.
“We seem to get guys on base enough during the game, but we’re not getting those runs in or that three-run homer to break a game open or that two-run double or anything from anybody,” Sveum said.
Edwin Jackson took the loss but might have escaped some damage if Junior Lake had caught a fly ball. Yadier Molina doubled down the left-field line with one out in the second, and scored on Jay’s double that followed nearly the exact same path. Kolten Wong reached second on Lake’s error as he muffed a fly ball in center. Daniel Descalso was intentionally walked to load the bases, and one out later, Matt Carpenter drove in a pair with a single for a 3-0 lead.
Lake did hit a RBI double in the sixth, but the Cards put two runners in scoring position with one out in the seventh, and Jay connected on his sixth home run off a 1-1 pitch from Russell. The numbers favored Russell; this was the first home run he’s given up to a left-handed batter. Jay was hitting .198 against lefties before the at-bat.
“Jay has struggled all year against left-handed pitching, and [Russell] got a slider up, and Jay hit it through the wind,” Sveum said. “He hit that ball about as good as you can hit a ball, the way the wind was blowing.”
The Cubs were left shaking their heads.
“There weren’t too many good things that happened,” Sveum said of the game. “The dropped fly ball led to some things that could’ve been a different game. One pitch from Russell got that out of hand.”
The Cubs haven’t quit. Check out Anthony Rizzo’s diving grab of Molina’s popup in the fifth in which the first baseman nearly ended up head-first in the visitor’s dugout.
“The ball hung up long enough,” Rizzo said. “It’s something I mess around with and say I can do. It was just a perfect opportunity, I guess, to do it.”
Some of the Cardinals in the dugout were there to save him from landing on his face.
“That’s good sportsmanship,” Rizzo said. “I probably would’ve went in pretty hard there, head first.”
Said Jackson: “We’re not giving up by any means. “We’re out there fighting and battling. Some times things don’t work in our favor, some times things don’t look the best the way we do them. It’s a young team and things are going to happen throughout the season. Everybody is giving 110 percent and at the end of the day, that’s all you can ask for.”
– Carrie Muskat