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Starlin Castro was in the Cubs’ starting lineup Sunday for the series finale against the Cardinals, one day after being benched for a mental gaffe that cost the team a run. Ironically, Saturday’s game marked a career-high 25 straight games at shortstop without an error for Castro. His previous career mark of 24-straight errorless at shortstop was July 14-Aug. 9, 2011. Dale Sveum said Castro was remorseful after the mistake.
Here’s the lineup:
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Edwin Jackson will take the mound Sunday and try to complete the sweep against the Cardinals. Welington Castillo is batting fourth. He’s hitting .421 in his last 14 games. Here’s the lineup:
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Adam Wainwright will be skipped, and not start Saturday when the Cubs play a weekend series against the Cardinals in St. Louis. Here are the pitching matchups:
Friday: LHP Chris Rusin (1-1, 3.98) vs. RHP Lance Lynn (13-5, 3.78)
Saturday: RHP Carlos Villanueva (2-8, 4.16) vs. RHP Michael Wacha (1-0, 4.58)
Sunday: RHP Edwin Jackson (7-12, 4.96) vs. RHP Joe Kelly (3-3, 2.98)
Donnie Murphy starts at third base on Tuesday in the Cubs’ series opener against the Phillies. Here’s the lineup:
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* The Cubs are 11-9 in their last 20 road games, and have already collected 26 wins on the road, surpassing their 23 wins away from Wrigley Field all of last season. The Cubs are one of four teams to have more road wins than home wins this season. Others to do so are the Mets (22 home wins, 27 road wins), the Royals (28, 29) and the Cardinals (32, 33).
* Jackson has gone 6-3 with a 3.13 ERA (22 ER/63 1/3 IP) in his last 11 starts beginning June 9, including wins in four of his last six starts during which he has posted a 2.23 ERA (10 ER/40 1/3 IP). During this stretch, he has lowered his season ERA more than a point and a half, from 6.29 to 4.65.
Apparently, Edwin Jackson doesn’t mind a little rain. Anthony Rizzo belted a two-run home run, Starlin Castro added a solo shot and David DeJesus drove in three runs to back Jackson, who continued his second-half resurgence, and lift the Cubs to a 6-1 victory Wednesday night over the Brewers, and avoid a sweep.
Rain stopped play with two outs in the Brewers’ sixth, but Jackson returned after the 1 hour 6 minute delay. The Cubs were going to let the right-hander continue if he was on the mound within one hour. Jackson just made it. He was back on the mound in 55 minutes from when the game was stopped. What did he do during the break?
“I listened to music, rode the bike, and just sat and waited and hoped it didn’t go past 10 [p.m.] because I would’ve been done,” Jackson said. “I just tried to stay loose any way you can and stay relaxed, but still focused at the same time.”
He recalled a game against the Tigers once when he had to wait an hour because of rain, yet still finished the game. This isn’t the first time nature has messed up one of Jackson’s starts. One of his best outings was May 28 against the White Sox, when rained postponed the game after 3 1/3 innings.
“I’m the rain man,” Jackson said. “I’m the designated rain man. It seems like mostly every start we’ve had that’s been rained out has been on my day. I don’t know, maybe a black cloud is trying to follow me.”
There’s a silver lining. The right-hander won for the fourth time in his last six starts, scattering eight hits, including a RBI double by Jonathan Lucroy in the eighth, over eight innings. He completed five July starts with a 1.83 ERA (seven earned runs over 34 1/3 innings).
“His fastball, since the fourth or fifth start of the year, he’s creating a lot of ground balls and getting late action,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “He’s got a ratio of ground ball to fly ball like a power type sinker guy now. It’s 2-to-1, and it’s off the charts for a guy like Derek Lowe and Kevin Brown and [Jake] Peavy who make their living on ground balls. At the beginning of the year, every ground ball he gave up found a hole, and now they’re going at people.”
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs open an eight-game, seven-day homestand on Monday, beginning with the Brewers. They play a makeup doubleheader on Tuesday. Here are the pitching matchups vs. Milwaukee:
Monday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (6-9, 3.94) vs. RHP Kyle Lohse (7-7, 3.37)
Tuesday (First Game): RHP Carlos Villanueva (2-7, 4.23) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (8-9, 4.88)
Tuesday (Second game): RHP Jake Arrieta (0-0, 0.00) vs. TBD
Wednesday: RHP Edwin Jackson (6-11, 4.89) vs. RHP Wily Peralta (7-10, 4.54)
Two runs scored on an error by Giants first baseman Brandon Belt with two outs in the ninth to give the Cubs a 3-2 victory Friday night. Trailing, 2-1, against Sergio Romo, pinch-hitter Julio Borbon singled and pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro walked. One out later, Junior Lake reached on a fielder’s choice, forcing Navarro at second. Rizzo then lined the ball to right, through Belt’s legs, for an error. Borbon and Lake scored.
“It’s just a routine ground ball,” Belt said. “I did what I’ve always done in that situation. … That wasn’t the only mistake I made. Looking back on it, it cost us the game.”
The other blip came in the seventh. More on that later.
The Cubs picked up their 24th win on the road, one more than they won all last season away from Wrigley Field.
“Yes,” Sveum said emphatically. “And a lot more west of the Mississippi [River].”
Edwin Jackson did not get a decision but continued his much improved second half. He struck out five and did not walk a batter in the first six innings. Second baseman Darwin Barney made a great diving stop on Buster Posey’s hard-hit grounder and threw him out to begin the seventh. Jackson then walked Pablo Sandoval, and Hunter Pence doubled down the left-field line.
Belt was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Jeff Francoeur blooped a single to right, driving in Sandoval and Pence. That’s when Belt’s other mistake occurred. He thought about scoring, but Jackson, who had his back to the action on the field, got a break as the throw went past him, bounced off the wall and back to the pitcher, who made the tag.
“Jackson wasn’t even looking,” Belt said. “He had no idea where the ball was.”
Sometimes, things do work in the Cubs’ favor.
“I think he was frustrated,” Sveum said of Jackson. “The ball fell in, and he might have lost concentration there. You saw where the ball was and he ended up making the play.”
Catcher Welington Castillo yelled at his pitcher to get his attention but probably couldn’t be heard over the crowd of 41,797 at AT&T Park. What happened?
“I stopped to not run into Sandoval,” Jackson said. “When I stopped to not run into him, I went around him. By the time I could turn around, the ball was coming at me, and right in front of me. Sometimes the ball bounces in your favor, and sometimes it doesn’t. … It’s a crazy game. That was something that worked in our favor.”
It’s not a good idea to run into Sandoval.
“He’s a big man,” Jackson said. “Nobody wants that collision at home like that.”
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs begin the post-Alfonso Soriano era on Friday, opening a three-game series in San Francisco against the Giants. Junior Lake is starting in left and Nate Schierholtz will return to face his former team, batting fourth. Schierholtz has a career .269 average at AT&T Park. It’ll be Edwin Jackson (6-11, 5.03 ERA) against Matt Cain (6-6, 5.00 ERA). Here’s the lineup:
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Carlos Villanueva will close the Cubs’ series against the Diamondbacks on Thursday, and the team then heads further west to San Francisco for a weekend series against the Giants. Here are the pitching matchups:
Friday: RHP Edwin Jackson (6-11, 5.03) vs. RHP Matt Cain (6-6, 5.00)
Satuday: LHP Chris Rusin (1-0, 5.40) vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner (10-6, 2.93)
Sunday: LHP Travis Wood (6-7, 2.95) vs. RHP Tim Lincecum (5-10, 4.73)
It’s been a crazy first half for Edwin Jackson, who seems to have found his groove. Jackson held the Cardinals to three hits over seven shutout innings to win his third straight start and Anthony Rizzo had two hits and three RBIs to lift the Cubs to a 3-0 victory Thursday.
The Cardinals boast the best record in baseball, but that didn’t seem to faze Jackson. The right-hander, who helped St. Louis win the World Series in 2011, struck out five and did not walk a batter. This was the first start this season in which he did not issue a walk, and the first time since Sept. 21 with the Nationals.
It was a good ending to what has been an inconsistent first half for Jackson, who signed a four-year, $52 million deal this offseason, his first long-term contract.
“Tonight, he was really sharp against the best offense in baseball,” manager Dale Sveum said of Jackson. “He had a lot more conviction with his pitches, and wasn’t worred about pitching as much as throwing. He pitched well tonight, had command, was hitting his spots, and had a really good slider. He got ahead, which I think was the biggest thing.”
After opening the season 3-10 with a 5.84 ERA in his first 15 starts, Jackson now is 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his last three outings. How do you eliminate slow starts?
“If you had the answer to those things, we’d be a heck of a lot richer,” Sveum said.
“This is probably the craziest start I’ve ever had in baseball,” Jackson said. “It’s a game of grinding it out and as long as you believe you have the confidence that you can come in and turn things around, that’s all that matters. No one expected me to start like I did — myself, the front office, the team, my manager. It’s a game, you have to keep grinding. You can sink or you can swim. I’m definitely one of those guys who won’t give up.”
He could have. Teams were batting .286 against him in those first 15 games, and were hitting .203 in his last three.
“I never did lose confidence, even in the bad starts I had,” Jackson said. “You just have to work harder to get back to where you want to be.”
– Carrie Muskat