Cubs Survive a Real Wild One in Seattle – Cubs 7, Mariners 6

Game Eighty – Cubs 7, Mariners 6

WP – Edwin Jackson (4-10) LP – Jeremy Bonderman (1-2) Save – Kevin Gregg (13)

wflag-pubIt wasn’t easy on Sunday afternoon in Seattle but the Cubs hung on and beat the Mariners to win the series. Edwin Jackson picked up the victory after a shaky outing thanks to the Cubs’ offense scoring seven runs against Jeremy Bonderman and Blake Beaven in the first four innings. The bullpen nearly imploded after Shawn Camp gave up three runs in the eighth on two long home runs by Raul Ibanez and Kyle Seager that cut the Cubs’ lead to just one run. Kevin Gregg pitched a perfect ninth with a couple of strikeouts to earn his 13th save of the season.

The Cubs offense hit six doubles off Jeremy Bonderman and Blake Beaven in the first four innings that led to all seven of their runs on Sunday afternoon. Alfonso Soriano (2-for-4 with two doubles, a RBI and two runs scored) led off the second with a double and scored on a double from Anthony Rizzo (2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a walk). Brian Bogusevic (1-for-4 with a double and a RBI) doubled in Rizzo then scored on the first of two doubles on the afternoon by Darwin Barney (2-for-4 with two doubles, a RBI and a run scored). The Cubs scored three runs on four doubles in the second inning, the first time the Cubs hit four doubles in the same inning since August 17, 2008 in Florida.

The Cubs added four more runs in the fourth on run scoring hits by Starlin Castro (1-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored), Alfonso Soriano and Anthony Rizzo.

The Cubs first five hits went for two bases and they finished the game with six doubles. The Cubs lead the National League with 166 doubles.

The offense managed only one hit after the fourth inning and finished the afternoon with seven runs on nine hits and two walks … 5-for-11 with RISP and six runners left on base.

Edwin Jackson was credited with a quality start but really did not pitch as well as his final line indicates. Jackson pitched into the seventh inning before turning the game over to the pen. Jackson allowed three runs on seven hits with one walk, a wild pitch and six strikeouts in six-plus innings. Jackson threw 104 pitches, 63 for strikes.

After retiring the three batters he faced in the seventh, Shawn Camp struggled again and nearly gave another game away. The Mariners launched two home runs off Camp in the eighth that accounted for all three runs he allowed and cut the Cubs’ four run lead into a one-run advantage. Camp was beyond bad in his second inning of work, everything was up and the Mariners did not miss his mistakes.

Hector Rondon closed out the eighth after taking over for Camp with one out and the tying run on base.

The Cubs ended June with a win and finished the third month of the season with a 12-15 record. With Sunday’s victory (5-8 in Sundays in 2013), the Cubs improved to 35-45 on the season and won their third straight series.

Edwin Jackson survived a shaky first inning without allowing any runs. The Cubs went down in order in the first on nine pitches, four for strikes. Endy Chavez pulled a double into right center to start the Mariners’ first inning. Jackson struck out Nick Franklin swinging. Raul Ibanez flied out to deep left center for the second out. Morales grounded out to short for the third out. Jackson threw 11 pitches, seven for strikes.

Alfonso Soriano stayed hot and led off the second with a double to left over Ibanez’s head. Anthony Rizzo fell behind 0-2 before taking a ball. Rizzo pulled a double into right. Soriano scored, 1-0 Cubs. Navarro grounded out to second as Rizzo advanced to third with one out. Brian Bogusevic made it 2-0 Cubs with a double to center over Chavez’s head that plated Rizzo. Darwin Barney got into the act and pulled a 2-1 pitch into the left field corner. Bogusevic scored on the Cubs’ fourth straight double. Castillo stuck out swinging after just missing a homer for the second out. Luis Valbuena flied out to right to end the inning. Bonderman needed 30 pitches, 18 for strikes, to complete two innings on Sunday afternoon.

Edwin Jackson set down the side in order in the second. Jackson threw 22 pitches, 13 for strikes, over the first two innings.

The Cubs loaded the bases in the third but came away without any runs. Jeremy Bonderman hit Nate Schierholtz with a 1-2 pitch with one out. Soriano struck out swinging but Rizzo and Navarro walked to load the bases. Brian Bogusevic drove Bonderman’s first pitch to deep left center … that Ibanez hauled in to end the inning.

The Mariners put a run on the board in the third. Jackson did a good job of limiting the damage after a shaky start. Jackson retired Brad Miller on a grounder to second. But Henry Blanco (Hank White) worked a full count before ripping a single into left. Endy Chavez then doubled for the second time in as many at bats. Blanco held at third then scored when Nick Franklin grounded a 3-2 pitch to Barney for the second out. With the Cubs up 3-1 and a runner on third with two down, Jackson fell behind Ibanez 3-0. To Jackson’s credit he battled back and struck out Ibanez swinging to end the inning.

Darwin Barney led off the fourth with his second double in as many at bats. Welington Castillo pulled a 1-0 pitch to third. Kyle Seager got in position to field the routine grounder but took his eye off the ball too soon. The ball went right through his legs and into left field. Barney scored and Castillo ended up at second, 4-1 Cubs. Valbuena grounded out to first but Castillo advanced to third on the productive out. With the infield in and one down, Starlin Castro reached out and drove a 2-1 slider into center. Castillo scored, 5-1 Cubs, and Eric Wedge made the slow walk to the mound. Wedge replaced Bonderman with right hander, Blake Beavan.

With Castro at first and one down, Schierholtz flied out to right. Alfonso Soriano pulled Beavan’s first pitch to deep left. The ball hit off the base of the wall. Castro scored on Soriano’s second double of the game. Anthony Rizzo drove a 0-2 pitch into shallow left center. Soriano scored, 7-1 Cubs. Navarro grounded out to short to end the inning.

Jackson survived another shaky inning in the fourth. Jackson issued a two-out, four-pitch walk to Justin Smoak. After Jackson uncorked his Major League leading tenth wild pitch that advanced Smoak to second, Luis Valbuena made an excellent diving stop to take away a hit from Jason Bay. Rizzo scooped the low throw to end the inning.

After the Cubs went down in order in the fifth, the Mariners put a run on the board in the bottom of the fifth. Brad Miller led off the inning with a double to left for his first big league hit. Blanco grounded out to second, Miller went to third and held when Endy Chavez struck out swinging. Nick Franklin singled to right with two down, Miller scored and cut the Cubs’ lead to 7-2. Ibanez grounded out to Barney for the third out. Jackson threw 85 pitches, 51 for strikes, in five innings of work.

At the end of five, the Cubs led 7-2.

The game remained 7-2 Cubs until the bottom of the seventh when the Mariners kept chipping away and got right back into the game.

Jason Bay led off the seventh with a long home run to left off Jackson (3-2 pitch). Brad Miller followed with a double to right center and Sveum went to his pen for Shawn Camp.

Shawn Camp did his job and retired Blanco (swinging strikeout), Chavez (flyout to center) and Franklin (groundout to first) to end the inning.

At the end of seven, the Cubs led 7-3.

The Cubs did nothing against Blake Beavan again in the eighth and Raul Ibanez led off the home half with a long homer to right. Ibanez’s 19th longball of the season cut the Cubs’ lead to 7-4. Kendrys Morales reached on an infield single up the middle in the shift.

Kyle Seager stepped in 0-for-his-last-19 and launched a 1-2 pitch to deep right … and just like that, the Cubs lead was cut to 7-6. Smoak flied out to deep center and Camp walked Bay to put the tying run on first base. Sveum made the slow walk and went to his pen for Hector Rondon.

Rondon uncorked a wild pitch to Miller than allowed Bay to advance to second. Rondon walked Miller and the Mariners had two on with one out and down by only one run. Mike Zunino hit for Henry Blanco and fouled out to Rizzo for the second out. Endy Chavez grounded out to Rizzo for the third out.

The Cubs did nothing in the ninth and Kevin Gregg made his way in from the pen for the bottom of the ninth.

Kevin Gregg struck out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth to close out the win for Edwin Jackson.

Monday is an off-day for the Cubs. Scott Feldman is scheduled to face A.J. Griffin in the first of three in Oakland on Tuesday night.

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