Jackson Delivers a Win in the Rain – Cubs 6, Brewers 1

Game One Hundred Seven – Cubs 6, Brewers 1

WP – Edwin Jackson (7-11) LP –Wily Peralta (7-11) Save – None

wflag-pubThe Cubs snapped their three-game losing streak on Wednesday night behind a solid outing from Edwin Jackson and finally beat the Brewers. The Cubs appeared much more relaxed than in recent games and played a good game from beginning to end.

Edwin Jackson was very sharp both before and after the rain. Jackson was cruising right along until it starting raining in the top of the sixth. Jackson was not only efficient but he made the pitches when he needed to with runners in scoring position. Jackson returned after the one hour, six minute rain delay and not only picked up the last out in the sixth but completed two more innings.

Edwin Jackson allowed one run on eight hits with no walks and four strikeouts in eight innings. Jackson threw 94 pitches, 62 for strikes. Blake Parker closed out the game with a shaky ninth inning.

Anthony Rizzo (2-for-4 with a home run, a double and two RBI), Starlin Castro (2-for-4 with a home run) and David DeJesus (2-for-3 with three RBI, a walk and a run scored) led the way on Wednesday night.

Anthony Rizzo hit his 15th longball of the season in the third inning. Rizzo’s two-run shot was the Cubs’ first homer of the series. Starlin Castro hit a long, solo homer in the fourth. David DeJesus drove in the last three runs with an infield single in the fourth and a two-run single in the sixth.

Anthony Rizzo doubled in the first inning and tied Jay Bruce for second in the National League with 31 doubles. Rizzo’s 31 doubles are the most by a Cub before August 1 since Alfonso Soriano hit 30 in 2007.

The Cubs defense really stepped up on Wednesday night. Nate Schierholtz and David DeJesus turned excellent plays behind Jackson while Starlin Castro, Cody Ransom, Welington Castillo, Anthony Rizzo and Julio Borbon were all solid in the field.

The Cubs avoided the sweep and by doing so Dale Sveum’s team finished July with a 14-13 record, the first winning month of the season.

With Wednesday’s victory, the Cubs improved to 49-58 on the season.

Edwin Jackson struggled a little with his command in the first inning and fell behind the first three batters he faced. Jackson surrendered a one out single to Aoki but that was all. Jackson struck out Carlos Gomez swinging to end the inning. Jackson threw 12 pitches in the first, seven for strikes.

Anthony Rizzo collected his 31st double of the season in the Cubs’ first. Wily Peralta retired Schierholtz on a flyout to left to end the inning. The aggressive Cubs’ offense allowed Peralta to throw only 10 pitches in the first, eight for strikes.

After both teams failed to score in the second inning, Yuniesky Betancourt led off the third with a double off the top of the ivy in left. Betancourt just missed a home run. Peralta bunted Betancourt to third with one out. Jackson fell behind Rickie Weeks 3-1 before striking out Weeks swinging on a 3-2 pitch for the second out. Aoki worked a full count before grounding out to third to end the inning. Jackson threw 38 pitches, 22 for strikes, over two innings.

David DeJesus worked a one out walk in the third. A wild pitch on a 0-1 offering to Borbon advanced DeJesus to second. Borbon popped out to short for the second out.

Anthony Rizzo worked a 3-1 count then launched Peralta’s next pitch into the bleachers in right center. Rizzo’s 15th longball of the season put the Cubs up 2-0. Schierholtz struck out swinging to end the inning.

The Cubs had a 2-0 lead after three innings.

Jonathan Lucroy led off the fourth with a double down the left field line. Jackson struck out Carlos Gomez swinging for the second time in as many at bats. Caleb Gindl drove a 1-2 pitch into left. Borbon charged the ball and Lucroy was going to stop at third until Borbon bobbled the ball. Lucroy was waived in. Borbon recovered nicely and made a strong throw to the plate. Welington Castillo caught the ball on the first base side of the plate, then dove backward and tagged Lucroy just before he touched the plate. Gindl took second on the throw but was stranded when Martin Maldonado grounded out to Castro. Jackson threw 51 pitches in four innings, 32 for strikes.

Starlin Castro hit his seventh homer of the year with one out in the fourth. Castro pulled the ball into the bleachers in left … it was not a cheap home run.

Cody Ransom worked a two out walk in the fourth. Edwin Jackson chopped a 2-0 pitch toward the hole at short. Jeff Bianchi stayed back and the ball hit off his glove and ended up in shallow left. Jackson reached, Ransom advanced to third and the Cubs had runners on the corners with two outs. David DeJesus ripped a 1-2 pitch back up the middle and off of Wily Peralta. The ball ended up at the hole at second, Ransom scored and the Cubs took a 4-0 lead. Julio Borbon pulled a 0-1 pitch toward first. Jonathan Lucroy got in front of the ball but did not field it cleanly. Lucroy flipped to Peralta but he could not find the bag before Borbon touched the base (slid in headfirst). Rizzo stepped in with the bases loaded and appeared to look at ball four on a 3-0 pitch. The ball was called a strike and Rizzo lined out to Gindl in left to end the inning.

The game remained 4-0 Cubs through the fifth inning.

Edwin Jackson recorded two quick outs to start the sixth … with a little help from his defense. Nate Schierholtz made an excellent diving catch running in toward the infield to take away a hit from Aoki for the first out. David DeJesus took away extra bases from Lucroy with a running catch toward the vines in right center for the second out. Jackson fell behind Gomez 1-0 before the rain rushed in and the game was put in a delay.

Edwin Jackson took the hill after a one hour, six minute delay and retired Gomez on a grounder to Castro for the third out. Jackson retired the side in order and threw 71 pitches, 65 for strikes, over the first six innings.

Alfredo Figaro replaced Peralta after the rain delay and Welington Castillo greeted him with a single to left. Cody Ransom followed with a double down the left field line. With runners on second and third, Jackson struck out swinging (2-2 pitch) for the first out. With the infield in, David DeJesus pulled a 1-1 pitch into right center. Castillo and Ransom scored, 6-0 Cubs. Borbon lined out to center and Rizzo lined out to left for the third out.

After a long rain delay and six innings, the Cubs led 6-0.

Edwin Jackson gave up a two out single to Jeff Bianchi in the seventh but that was all. Jackson threw 84 pitches, 53 strikes, in seven innings and was still sharp after the rain delay.

The Cubs did nothing in the seventh and Jackson took the hill to start the eighth.

Edwin Jackson caught Logan Schafer looking to start the eighth. Rickie Weeks hit a grounder toward first. Rizzo stopped the ball but Jackson was late covering the bag. Weeks reached on the infield single. Aoki grounded out to second, Weeks moved up ninety feet and scored on a double to left by Jonathan Lucroy. Jackson retired pinch-hitter Juan Francisco on a grounder to Rizzo to end the inning.

The Cubs did nothing in the eighth and Blake Parker took over for Jackson in the ninth with the Cubs up 6-1.

Caleb Gindl reached on an infield single to start the inning. Gindl drove a 2-1 pitch back up the middle that Castro stopped and made a strong throw from his knees, but Gindl just beat the throw. Parker then walked Scooter Gennett. With two on and no outs, Jeff Bianchi blooped a 0-2 pitch into right. The ball fell in between Valbuena, Rizzo and Schierholtz. Schierholtz had the presence of mind to pick the ball up and throw out Gennett at second base. With runners on the corners and one out, Betancourt popped out to DeJesus in shallow center for the second out. Logan Schafer flied out to Schierholtz in right to end the game.

The Cubs open a four-game series against Yasiel Puig and the Dodgers on Thursday night … Chris Rusin against Ricky Nolasco in the opener.

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  • Tony_Hall

    E Jackson had a good night, Castro, Rizzo, and Dejesus at the plate…..that sure puts a downer on the downers.

    Nice to see Jackson stop the losing streak, he has pitched really well the last month or so.

    • cubtex

      Put a downer on the downers? What? Just because some of us point out stats on how the players are doing does not mean we want them to fail. Talk about taking things personally.

      • Tony_Hall

        You always talk about other people taking things personally….yet you just did the same.

        You can point out stats on any player in a negative light.

        • cubtex

          OK. You got me there but unfortunately the stats are negative. I would love to point out that Rizzo is hitiing .350 with RISP but he isn’t. This doesn’t mean that I root for these players to fail. That is a ridiculous statement.

          • Tony_Hall

            I never said anything like that….maybe it was your self conscious that made you type it…….twice!

          • cubtex

            Maybe you are typing in code but what did you mean by this then?

            E Jackson had a good night, Castro, Rizzo, and Dejesus at the plate…..that sure puts a downer on the downers.

          • Tony_Hall

            Talk about taking things personally.

            You took that as me saying cubtex wants these players to fail…….

            What I was saying is when the Cubs are winning there are less posts, but when things are bad, the posts just take off with all the negativity. So the Cubs and specific players had a good game, put a downer on the negativity…..

          • cubtex

            lol. i was waiting to see how you would spin that. hahahaha. that was the laugh I needed to start my day. Have an awesome day.

          • Tony_Hall

            That was how I was going to say it to begin with, but thought downer on downers,was a good play on words with the down arrows.

            The spin stops here.

          • John_CC

            Welcome to the no spin zone, Tony. Good luck!

          • daverj

            As a long time CCO reader/poster, I can attest that when the Cubs are winning (as in 2007 and 2008), there seem to be more posts than when they are losing (at least during the live game posts).

          • Tony_Hall

            I remember well, but I was talking about more recent times. The site set records the months after Theo was hired through the early part of 2012.

          • John_CC

            Right, and the other day when I pointed out that since we’ve now had a little while to observe the process and let some of the plan take effect there has been a lot less hating on the FO I was immediately reminded that I believe that Epstein is infallible! Ha!

    • 07GreyDigger

      That’s right Tony. 1.83 ERA this month with a .0874 WHIP. I hope this a harbinger of things to come.

  • SirGladiator

    Jackson’s finally got it together, and the nice thing is, unlike most (if not all) of his previous seasons, he doesn’t have to get it together all over again next year in a new city, he can keep it together for YEARS here, this is awesome. Good to see the All Stars finally hitting, gotta keep that up. Should be fun to see Puig #1 vs Puig #2 this weekend, hopefully Lake will show him who the real All Star is!

  • Tony_Hall

    Neil – Sweeney has 5.053 service time before this year. Is that 5 years, 53 games and if so does that mean he needs 109 games of service time this year to hit free agency?

    He was called up on May 6th and DL time counts for service time, then he be will be a free agent after this year? Right?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Tony, those numbers are days on a Major League roster, not games.

      A player earns Major League service time for each day he spends on the active (25-man) roster or on the Major League 15-day or 60-day disabled lists.

      Under the CBA, 1 year of service is defined as 172 days. A player may earn up to 172 days of Major League service during the regular season, which generally lasts 183 calendar days.

      Sweeney will be a free agent.

      • Tony_Hall

        Thanks Neil. I’ve read where people act like he is still controlled for 2014, and it didn’t add up to me.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Tony, I just check on Baseball-Reference, they have him becoming a free agent after this season as well. You are correct.

          • 07GreyDigger

            When is he eligible to come off the DL?

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            August 30

  • paulcatanese

    Nice game last night.
    However the highlight was Rizzo’s Mother, an attractive, personable lady, and giving of her time
    for the Cub charity that her son supports.
    The timeline’s of Rizzo growing up was special, these are the kinds of things that should be regular in the broadcast booth.

    • 07GreyDigger

      You don’t like when they talk to people singing the 7th inning stretch and minor celebrities like the guy who played Greg Brady?

      • paulcatanese

        The singers are ok, but, a second thought, Rizzo had a great night with his mom upstairs, and some thought ought to be having her there everyday if those are the results.

        • 07GreyDigger

          It worked for Patrick Kane this year and in Europe. She kind of kept him in line and focused. We all know how that all worked out. (Even if Corey Crawford really deserved playoff MVP)

  • Tony_Hall

    Neil – you show Cabrera with 1 option left. Is that updated to show the option year they used this year, and he can still be optioned next year?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Tony, the option years I have on the 40-man include this year. I will not change those until after the season … the players are technically on option assignments as you know when they are in the minors.

      Cabrera is out of options after this season.

      • Tony_Hall

        That makes his situation harder. He has to make the team but not sure if he will be ready to be a SP at the major league level yet.

        I was hoping he qualified for the 4th option year.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Cabrera has too much pro service time to qualify for an extra option, unless there is something I am unaware of.

          He has been working out of the pen in Iowa. I would imagine they will use him as a reliever in Sept.