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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

5/6 Cub lineup

Edwin Jackson takes the mound Tuesday in Game 2 of the Cubs’ four-game home and road Interleague series against the White Sox. Here’s the lineup:

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

4/30 Cubs lineup and more

Hopefully, it stays dry for the Cubs and Reds as they wrap their rain-shortened series tonight at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Here’s the lineup:

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

* The Cubs are 8-17 this month; they were 10-16 in the first month last year.

* Jason Hammel’s four April victories are the most for a Cubs pitcher since both Ryan Dempster and Carlos Zambrano had four apiece in the first month of 2008. The last Cubs hurler to have more victories in April was Greg Maddux (five in 2006).

* Cubs hurlers enter Wednesday’s game with a 3.78 ERA (95 ER/226 1/3 IP). Cubs pitchers had a 3.78 ERA (97 ER/231 IP) through April of last season.

* Chicago’s batters have hit .231 (197-for-851) thus far, four points lower than their .235 average (208-for-885) in April of last season.

* In case you missed it, Cubs manager Rick Renteria was ejected Tuesday night less than three minutes after the Cubs and Reds resumed play following the third rain delay. Renteria was unhappy with home plate umpire Alan Porter regarding his calls during Joey Votto’s at-bat against the Cubs’ Zac Rosscup.

“He tossed me because you can’t question balls and strikes, obviously,” Renteria said. “And that’s what I was doing.”

* Looking ahead to the Cubs’ series against the Cardinals, here are the pitching matchups:

Friday, 1:20 p.m. CT: LHP Travis Wood (1-3, 3.52) vs. RHP Adam Wainwright (5-1, 1.20)
Saturday, 12:05 p.m. CT: RHP Jake Arrieta (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Michael Wacha (2-2, 2.48)
Sunday, 7:05 p.m. CT: RHP Jason Hammel (4-1, 2.08) vs. RHP Lance Lynn (4-1, 3.60)

– Carrie Muskat

4/19 Cubs lineup

The Cubs face lefty Tony Cingrani on Saturday in the second game of their three-game series against the Reds. Edwin Jackson gets the start. Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio CF
Lake LF
Rizzo 1B
Ruggiano RF
Castro SS
Olt 3B
Castillo C
Barney 2B
E. Jackson P

4/8 It’s Hammel time

Jason Hammel has pitched in 215 games with the Rays, Rockies and Orioles, and Wednesday will be his first ever start at Wrigley Field. He will not step on the mound until he’s warming up for the game. He has been getting to know his way around the ballpark.

“I’ve just been getting a feel for it,” Hammel said of Wrigley. “I remember walking down the tunnel to come into the clubhouse the first time, I was confused. I’ve just been getting my bearings and a comfort level over the last three, four days and it’s been good.”

No matter what the weather is, Hammel won’t change his approach.

“If I’m trying to pitch to the weather, it’s not going to help me,” he said. “I need to stay with my game plan. Obviously, seeing the same team two times in a row will have an affect but I’ll see what adjustments they’ve made and then I’ll make adjustments off that.”

Hammel faced the Pirates last Thursday at PNC Park, and picked up the win, the Cubs’ first of the season.

“I’m going to have to see what they’re doing,” he said of the Pirates. “The hitters will tell you if they’ve made adjusments or if they’re seeing you well. It’ll probably work itself out in the first few innings.”

Game time temperature on Tuesday was 48 degrees. Hammel is OK with the cold.

“I’m actually more comfortable throwing in cold weather — not like this, not like 30-degree cold,” he said. “I sweat like a pig so I’d much rather pitch in a cold atmosphere than when it’s super hot out.”

– Carrie Muskat

4/8 Cubs lineup

Starlin Castro stays in the No. 6 spot in the Cubs lineup for Tuesday night’s game against the Pirates at Wrigley Field. It’s the first game under the lights at the ballpark. Castro made his first start in the sixth spot on Sunday, and delivered a RBI double in the first. Edwin Jackson makes the start. Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio 2B
Kalish LF
Rizzo 1B
Schierholtz RF
Valbuena 3B
Castro SS
Sweeney CF
Castillo C
E. Jackson P

4/2 Cubs lineup

The Cubs face right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton tonight in Game 2 of their three-game series against the Pirates at PNC Park. Edwin Jackson gets the start for Chicago. Here’s the lineup, which is overloaded with left-handed hitters:

Bonifacio 2B
Valbuena 3B
Castro SS
Rizzo 1B
Schierholtz RF
Sweeney CF
Castillo C
Kalish LF
Jackson P

3/30 Opening Day eve …

On Monday, the games count. It was snowing and sleeting in Pittsburgh Saturday night when the Cubs arrived from Phoenix. They’ll kick off the 2014 season on Monday at PNC Park, and the forecast calls for lots of sunshine and temperatures in the upper 50s. There is zero chance of precipitation. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. CT.

* The Cubs are 75-61-2 all-time on Opening Day, including a 46-38 record on the road. They are looking to win consecutive Opening Day games for the first time since winning four straight from 2003-06.

* Last year, the Cubs had three new pitchers in the rotation in Edwin Jackson, Scott Feldman and Carlos Villanueva. This year, four of the five pitchers in the Cubs’ season-opening starting rotation are returnees: Jeff Samardzija, Jackson, Travis Wood and Villanueva. Jason Hammel is the lone new starting pitcher.

* Luis Valbuena finished tied for the Major League lead (with the Reds’ Chris Heisey) with six home spring home runs. Javier Baez and Mike Olt were tied for third with five homers apiece.

* Ryan Kalish’s six stolen bases were tied for fifth in the Cactus League with the D-backs’ Tony Campana. Emilio Bonifacio’s four triples were tied for third in the Cactus League. Alberto Cabrera’s three saves were tied for second.

* The Cubs smacked 36 home runs this spring, most in the Majors, but the team’s .237 batting average was the lowest among Cactus League clubs.

* Cubs pitchers posted 10 saves, tied for the Cactus League lead with the Giants.

* The 2014 season marks manager Rick Renteria’s 16th year as a manager or coach following a 13-year playing career (1980-89, 1991-94). He spent the previous six seasons on the Padres coaching staff, including the last three as the club’s bench coach (2011-13).

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