No Defending Bad Defense – Cubs 1, Brewers 5

Game Sixteen – Cubs 1, Brewers 5

WP – Hiram Burgos (1-0) LP – Edwin Jackson (0-3) Save – None

The Cubs gave another game away on Saturday night in Milwaukee. The Brewers scored four unearned runs on three charged Cubs’ errors that was the difference in the game. The Cubs have now lost 17 of the last 19 games at Miller Park.

The Cubs played another sloppy game. While they were charged with three errors that tied them for the league lead in errors (15), there were two other miscues on routine plays. All of the errors were on routine plays and should not be made by big leaguers.

Edwin Jackson pitched a good game. The Brewers managed only two hard hit balls against Jackson in his six innings of work. Jackson was charged with one of the Cubs three errors that led to two Brewers’ runs in the sixth. The Brewers took the lead off Jackson in the fourth by scoring two runs without a hit and tacked onto their lead in the sixth on Jackson’s miscue.

Edwin Jackson took the loss after allowing five runs, one earned, on four hits, one walk and four strikeouts in six innings. The only earned run charged to Jackson was a solo homer off the bat of Jonathan Lucroy in the second inning. Jackson threw 91 pitches, 62 for strikes, and other than his error put together his best outing of the season.

Hector Rondon worked around another poor play in the field without allowing any runs in the seventh while Kameron Loe kept his former team off the board in the eighth.

The Cubs offense made it easy for Hiram Burgos in his big league debut. Burgos faced the minimum the first time through the lineup and allowed only one run in his five innings of work.

Starlin Castro (1-for-4 with a run scored) extended his hitting streak to 12 games and scored the Cubs only run on a single by Alfonso Soriano (1-for-4 with a RBI) in the fourth. Nate Schierholtz (1-for-4 with a double) and Dave Sappelt (1-for-1 with a double) managed the Cubs only extra basehits.

The Cubs were 1-for-4 with RISP and left five on base.

There is an understanding the organization is building for the future, but the sloppy play that has been on display for a majority of this season must come to an end. The mental and physical mistakes that the Cubs are making on a daily basis should not be accepted or tolerated.

Edwin Jackson retired the side in order to start the game on 13 pitches, seven for strikes. After Rickie Weeks grounded out to Barney to start the second, Jonathan Lucroy collected the Brewers’ first hit … a home run to left center. Jackson then retired Jordan Schafer and Martin Maldonado on a grounder to third on the 12th pitch of the at bat. Jackson needed 34 pitches, 22 for strikes, to complete two innings of work.

The Cubs continued making it easy on Hiram Burgos and went down in order in the third. The offense managed only one hit and Burgos faced the minimum the first time through the lineup.

Edwin Jackson set down the side in order in the third and retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced on Saturday night.

The Cubs finally broke thru and put a run on the board in the fourth. DeJesus struck out swinging on a 3-2 pitch for the first out. Starlin Castro extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single to right on a 3-1 pitch. Rizzo hit a weak grounder to Weeks that advanced Castro to second with two outs.

Alfonso Soriano blooped a single into center out of the reach of Weeks. Castro scored and tied the game at one. Nate Schierholtz followed with a double down the left field line. Schierholtz hit the ball off the end of the bat. Soriano held at third with two outs. Dioner Navarro launched a 3-2 pitch to deep center that Schafer caught on the track to end the inning.

The game remained tied until the bottom of the fifth.

The Cubs defense fell apart in the fifth. The Brewers took the lead for good without the benefit of a hit. Jordan Schafer blooped a 0-1 pitch into left. Soriano broke back then ran in and tried to make a diving catch. The ball hit off Soriano’s glove and Schafer ended up at second with what was originally scored as a double. It was quickly changed to an error on Soriano … and the inning turned ugly for Jackson and the defense.

Jackson walked Maldonado. With runners on first and second with no outs, Betancourt grounded out to first. Schafer and Maldonado advanced ninety feet on the play. Ron Roenicke went to his bench and sent up Blake Lalli to hit for Hiram Burgos. With the infield in, Lalli hit a routine grounder toward first. Rizzo fielded the ball cleanly but then lost the handle on it in the exchange as he tried to step on first. The ball ended up in foul ground. Rizzo flipped the ball to Jackson covering first and got the out but Schafer scored, 2-1 Brewers. Aoki then hit a grounder toward short. Castro charged and fielded the ball but dropped it in the exchange. Maldonado scored, 3-1 Brewers, on the Cubs second charged error of the inning. Jackson retired Segura to end the inning … but the Brewers scored two runs without a hit.

The Cubs did nothing against Brandon Kintzler in the sixth … and the defense gave the Brewers two more runs in the sixth.

Ryan Braun led off the sixth with a single to left. Jackson struck out Weeks swinging. Jonathan Lucroy then tapped back to the mound. Jackson fielded the ball cleanly but paused before throwing toward second. Jackson airmailed his throw, the ball was probably 15 feet above Barney’s head. The ball ended up in center and the Brewers had runners on first and third with one out. Schafer dropped down a bunt. Braun scored on the safety squeeze as Jackson fielded the ball and tagged Schafer. Maldonado pulled a 1-0 pitch into left. Lucroy scored … 5-1 Brewers. All four of Maldonado’s RBI this season has come off Edwin Jackson. Betancourt struck out swinging to end the inning.

Hector Rondon replaced Jackson in the seventh … and was the victim of another bad play in the field.

Rondon retired Schafer and Aoki rather easily to start the seventh and made a nice play on a grounder between his legs to retire Aoki for the second out. But Nate Schierholtz could not make what appeared to be a routine catch on a fly ball in right center. Jean Segura ended up at second with a double. Rondon intentionally walked Braun then unintentionally walked Rickie Weeks. Rondon settled down and retired Lucroy on a flyout to right center.

Dave Sappelt doubled with one out in the eighth off Mike Gonzalez and Anthony Rizzo singled to right center to start the ninth off Gonzalez … but neither player advanced as the Cubs inability to hit with runners on base continued.

The Brewers won their sixth straight on Saturday night … while the Cubs dropped to six games under .500.

Scott Feldman faces Wily Peralta in the series finale with the Brewers on Sunday afternoon.

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