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7/12 Cubs lineup

Edwin Jackson was scheduled to start Saturday in the second game of the Cubs’ series against the Braves. Here is the lineup:

Alcantara CF
Ruggiano RF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Castillo C
Coghlan LF
Olt 3B
Barney 2B
Jackson P

7/7 Cubs lineup

Edwin Jackson takes the mound Monday when the Cubs face the Reds in Cincinnati. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Ruggiano RF
Rizzo 1b
Castro ss
Valbuena 3b
Castillo c
Schierholtz RF
Barney 2b
Jackson p

* The Cubs are 25-21 in their last 46 games starting May 17, the sixth-best winning percentage (.553) in the National League in that span.

* Cubs starting pitchers have recorded 46 quality starts, yet only have 21 individual wins from starters in those 46 games. They have 17 no-decisions in quality starts to go along with eight losses.

7/1 Cubs lineup

Justin Ruggiano gets the start in center, not Junior Lake, in the Cubs’ second game at Fenway Park against the Red Sox. Lake is 0-for-13 in his last four games, and struck out four times on Monday. Edwin Jackson will start, and hopes for a better July after a rough 2-3, 6.23 ERA in June. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Sweeney DH
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Castillo C
Schierholtz RF
Ruggiano CF
Barney 2B

E. Jackson P

6/25 Reds 4, Cubs 1

* Starlin Castro drove in his 45th run on Wednesday in the Cubs’ 4-1 loss to the Reds. That surpasses his entire RBI total for 2013 (44 RBIs in 161 games). Castro leads the Cubs in at-bats, hits, doubles and RBIs.

* Edwin Jackson took the loss Wednesday, and has not posted a quality start since May 17. He now has a 6.23 ERA in June, giving up 18 earned runs over 26 innings in five starts.

* James Russell has not given up an earned run in his last 18 relief appearances.

6/25 Cubs lineup

Edwin Jackson gets the start Wednesday at Wrigley Field as the Cubs close their series against the Reds. Here’s the lineup:

Lake CF
Sweeney LF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Schierholtz RF
Baker C
Barney 2B
Jackson P

6/9 Cubs lineup

The Cubs open a four-game series at Pittsburgh Monday night. Edwin Jackson gets the start. Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio 2B
Lake CF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Schierholtz RF
Coghlan LF
Baker C
Jackson P

* The Cubs’ last six games have been decided by three or fewer runs, including three one-run contests, with the Cubs going 5-1 in that span. This follows a stretch in which six-straight games, May 26-June 1, were each decided by four or more runs (and the team was 2-4).

* Overall, 38 of the Cubs’ 60 games (63 percent) have been decided by three or fewer runs and they are 13-25 in those contests. The Cubs have been involved in 28 games decided by two or fewer runs, and have a 8-20 record in those games.

* Edwin Jackson enters with a 4.59 ERA (35 ER/68 2/3 IP) in 12 starts, over a run lower than the 5.76 ERA (42 ER/65 2/3 IP) in his first 12 starts of last season. If you take away the eight runs in four innings Jackson served up May 23 in San Diego, he’s pitched to a 3.76 ERA (27 ER/64 2/3 IP) in his 11 other starts this year.

– Carrie Muskat

6/4 Cubs lineup

The Cubs face the Mets’ Daisuke Matsuzaka tonight at Wrigley Field in the second game of this three-game set. Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio 2B
Ruggiano CF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Schierholtz RF
Coghlan LF
Olt 3B
Baker C
Jackson P

5/28 Giants 5, Cubs 4

The Cubs had two on and two outs in the first inning Wednesday, and Nate Schierholtz battled the Giants’ Tim Lincecum in a 10-pitch at-bat, which ended with the outfielder lining out to first baseman Buster Posey to end the threat.

“When that ball starts hitting the grass, that’s when our team will take off,” Chicago’s John Baker said. “A lot of the games have been very close. It’s real difficult — what is the cliche? It’s a game of inches. I think the Chicago Cubs are proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that baseball is a game of inches.”

The Cubs could only get two balls to hit the grass at AT&T Park, collecting two hits off Lincecum and five other pitchers as the Giants posted a 5-0 shut out to clinch the series.

Chicago was blanked for the second straight game, the second time that’s happened this season. The Yankees also did so April 16 in a day-night doubleheader in New York. It’s the seventh time the Cubs have been shut out this season, third most in the National League. It was a somber clubhouse.

“It’s a testament to us that when we get beat 5-0, we feel we’ve been blown out,” Baker said.

Jackson took the loss Wednesday, striking out nine and giving up two runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings. He watched as Lincecum threw five no-hit innings, but was then pulled after throwing 96 pitches because of a blister that developed on the top of his right middle finger in the third inning.

The Cubs finally got a hit when Baker singled with one out in the seventh. Chicago holds the Major League record for consecutive games played of at least nine innings without being no-hit (7,714).

Despite the lack of offense, Rick Renteria liked the approaches by his hitters.

“We drove [Lincecum's] pitch count to almost 100 in five innings, so we were having good at-bats,” Renteria said. “We actually hit quite a few balls hard but didn’t find any holes. The last four inings, we weren’t able to do anything. I thought we were able to put together good at-bats, just couldn’t get any runs.”

The Giants finally did score in the sixth. Angel Pagan doubled to lead off that inning against Jackson, who then walked Hunter Pence. Posey flied out to center and Jackson was lifted for James Russell, who served up an RBI single to Pablo Sandoval, who was batting .156 against left-handers. Brian Schlitter took over for Russell, and one out later, Tyler Colvin hit an RBI double.

The Giants padded their lead with two outs in the seventh when a run scored as Posey reached on an error by Mike Olt. Sandoval was intentionally walked, and Hector Sanchez followed with a two-run double to go ahead 5-0.

“I thought [Jackson] gave us a good chance to win the ballgame,” Renteria said. “Tip your hat to them, they kept grinding and were able to get to us.”

– Carrie Muskat

5/28 Cubs lineup

Here’s the Cubs’ lineup today vs. the Giants. John Baker is starting at catcher to give Welington Castillo a breather after a night game Tuesday. With a win, the Cubs would snap a run of 12 straight road series without a series victory.

Bonifacio 2B
Lake CF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Schierholtz RF
Olt 3B
Coghlan LF
Baker C
Jackson P

5/17 Cubs 3, Brewers 0

Edwin Jackson looked like the pitcher the Cubs wanted when they signed him to a four-year contract. Matt Garza fielded like the pitcher the Cubs traded. Jackson struck out 11 and served up four hits over seven innings in the Cubs’ 3-0 win Saturday over Garza and the Brewers. The 11 K’s were a season-high for Jackson, and marked his seventh-career game in which he’s reached double-digit strikeouts. Milwaukee did not record a single fly ball out against Jackson, who has given up four earned runs over 20 innings in his last three starts for a 1.80 ERA.

Part of the Cubs’ plan was to try to throw Garza off. Emilio Bonifacio took advantage of the Brewers’ defensive alignment and Garza’s reputation for fielding miscues by bunting to lead off the first. Garza did have trouble getting a grip on the ball. Bonifacio advanced on Chris Coghlan’s sacrifice, and one out later, Starlin Castro hit an RBI double off the right-field wall. Nate Schierholtz walked, and both he and Castro scored on Castillo’s double to left for a 3-0 lead.

Asked if they were trying to take advantage of Garza, Rick Renteria downplayed the back to back bunt attempts.

“I’m not going to get into that,” Renteria said. “We tried to get on base by putting the ball in his general area early.

“What we were trying to do was just get on base,” he said. “We were using the bunt early to try to do it. It just worked out. That’s the bottom line. The run-producing hits ended up coming with two outs. We had some good at-bats. it was only three runs, and ‘Jax’ did the rest. He did a great job. You have to tip your hat to him.”

Bonifacio said he knew of Garza’s defensive yips, but said he was just trying to bunt for a hit. Coghlan also was trying for a bunt single, but foul-tipped the ball, and then went for the sacrifice.

“That was what the plan was, that’s what Skip wanted [was for them to bunt],” Coghlan said. “[Bonifacio] got a hit, we moved him over and Castro got the big double.”

Garza’s reaction?

“First inning was a hiccup, and it [stinks],” he said. “It’s kinda been what it’s been like all year, it just [stinks]. I’m just going to keep going, keep grinding, keep working out and keep going. It’s going to come together sooner or later.”

Back to Jackson. He made it clear to Renteria in the seventh what his intentions were. The Brewers’ Jean Segura had singled with one out when the manager went to the mound. Jackson did most of the talking.

“He wanted it,” Renteria said. “I didn’t say a whole lot. He said, ‘I want this. I got this,’ is what he said. There wasn’t a whole lot for me to say.”

“I just wanted to let him know I wanted to finish that inning,” Jackson said. “I’d just given up a single on an 0-2 pitch from not executing a pitch. I felt confident I could go out and finish the inning. He heard me, he listened to me, and heard the conviction. I was glad I was able to walk off the field on my own.”

With the win, the Cubs snapped a three-game losing streak and now are 12 games behind the National League Central-leading Brewers.

“I believe in these guys,” Renteria said of the Cubs. “Are things as well as you’d want them to be? Of course not. It’d be foolish for me to say they’re where they’re supposed to be. I think we need to play better, we need to go out and continue to perform and do the little things. We have to start doing some things here at home, overcoming some deficits sometimes.”

– Carrie Muskat

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