Jackson Exits Early, Cubs Lose Again in St. Louis – Cubs 2, Cardinals 6

Game One Hundred Sixty-One – Cubs 2, Cardinals 6

WP – Adam Wainwright (19-9) LP – Edwin Jackson (8-18) Save – Seth Maness (1)

Edwin Jackson lasted just 2 2/3 innings, the Cubs managed only seven hits with Anthony Rizzo and Donnie Murphy driving in both runs in the ninth inning off of Edward Mujica as the Cubs lost for the second straight day in St. Louis to the division champs. The Cubs are limping toward the finish line of another bad season at the big league level.

The Cardinals scored all six of their runs in the first three innings off of Edwin Jackson. Jackson really struggled with his command again before leaving the game with two outs in the third inning with mild discomfort in his right lat. Jackson served up a two-run homer to Matt Holliday in the first inning then allowed four more in the third that gave Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals’ pen all of the runs they would need.

Edwin Jackson’s bad first season with the Cubs ended with him walking off the mound with an injury after allowing six runs on eight hits with three walks and one strikeout. Jackson threw 65 pitches, 37 for strikes, in what ended up being his shortest outing of the year. After the game, Jackson said, “It was a shi**y year.”

The Cubs’ pen did their job and limited the Cardinals to two hits and a walk for the remainder of the game as Mike Matheny emptied his bench to give his regulars a breather. Carlos Villanueva pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings with two strikeouts in his final appearance of the season. Zac Rosscup issued a walk but no hits in his inning of work while Justin Grimm and Blake Parker put together shutout innings.

The Cubs offense managed only two hits, both singles, and two walks before the eighth inning. Starlin Castro (1-for-4 with a double) notched the Cubs’ first extra basehit of the game in the eighth off of John Axford, just the Cubs’ third hit of the game at the time.

Anthony Rizzo (1-for-3 with a home run and a walk) broke up the shutout with a home run in the ninth off of Edward Mujica, his 23rd longball of the season. After J.C. Boscan (1-for-1 with a double and a run scored) hit for Dioner Navarro and doubled, Donnie Murphy (1-for-4 with a double and a RBI) plated Boscan with a ground rule double to center. The Cubs had two on with one out in the ninth but Darwin Barney (0-for-4) rolled into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.

The Cubs managed two runs on seven hits with two walks on Saturday afternoon.

With Saturday’s loss, the Cubs fell to 66-95 on the season, 29 games under .500, with one game left to play.

After Adam Wainwright retired the Cubs in order on 14 pitches, nine for strikes, in the first inning, the Cardinals came out swinging against Edwin Jackson and ended the game 13 minutes after it began.

Matt Carpenter grounded out to Rizzo for the first out. Jon Jay ripped a 0-2 pitch through Jackson’s legs and into center. Matt Holliday crushed a 1-0 pitch. The ball ended up over the wall in right center and the Cardinals took a 2-0 lead. Jackson struck out Adams swinging. Yadier Molina ripped a single into center and Daniel Descalso lined a 1-0 pitch into left center. Bogusevic kept the ball from bouncing past him after he attempted a diving catch. With runners on the corners and two down, Kozma grounded out to short (1-2 pitch) to end the inning. Jackson threw 21 pitches, 14 for strikes, in the first inning.

The Cubs went down in order quickly in the second, just 22 pitches, 17 for strikes, for Wainwright after two frames. Adron Chambers led off the second with a single to right. The fifth hit off Jackson by the first eight batters. Wainwright bunted through a bunt attempt and Navarro threw out Chambers at second. Wainwright and Carpenter grounded out to second to end the inning … 31 pitches for Jackson after two innings, 21 for strikes.

Brian Bogusevic led off the third with the Cubs’ first hit and advanced to second when Jackson bunted with one out. With Bogusevic at second and two down, Castro flied out to right (3-2 pitch) to end the inning.

The Cardinals poured it on in the third before Edwin Jackson left the game with an apparent injury.

Jackson retired Jay on a flyout to left for the first out in the third. Jackson walked Matt Holliday and Mike Matheny sent in Shane Robinson to run at first base. Jackson issued a four-pitch walk to Matt Adams as it became obvious that something was not right with him. With runners on first and second and one down, Yadier Molina drove a 1-1 pitch into right center. Robinson and Adams scored on Molina’s double and the Cardinals took a 4-0 lead. Descalso fouled out to Rizzo for the second out.

The light-hitting Pete Kozma pulled a 2-2 pitch to deep left center. The ball nearly left the yard. Kozma settled for a ground rule double when the ball hopped over the wall. Molina scored, 5-0 Cardinals. Jackson intentionally walked Chambers. With runners on first and second with two down, Wainwright smoked the first pitch he saw toward third. The ball ate up Murphy and ended up in shallow left. Kozma scored, 6-0 Cardinals.

Dale Sveum and P.J. Mainville jumped out of the Cubs dugout to check on Edwin Jackson. After a conversation on the mound, Jackson was lifted and Carlos Villanueva was summoned from the pen. Villanueva retired Carpenter on a grounder to Rizzo to end the inning.

After three innings, the Cubs were being hammered 6-0.

Anthony Rizzo worked a one out walk in the fourth and advanced to third on a bloop single to center by Nate Schierholtz with two down. But Donnie Murphy struck out swinging to end the inning.

Carlos Villanueva retired the Cardinals in order in the fourth and the game remained 6-0 Cardinals through the top of the sixth. Adam Wainwright started the sixth, retired Castro on a flyout to right (3-2 pitch) and Matheny went to his pen for lefty Sam Freeman. Junior Lake walked before Freeman retired Rizzo and Navarro to end the inning.

Zac Rosscup pitched a scoreless sixth and the Cubs did nothing against Sam Freeman in the seventh. Justin Grimm retired three of the four batters he faced in the seventh. Starlin Castro reached on a two-out double in the eighth against John Axford, but that was all, and the game went to the bottom of the eighth with the Cardinals up 6-0.

Blake Parker set down three of the four batters he faced in the eighth and Edward Mujica started the ninth with the Cardinals up by six runs.

Anthony Rizzo broke up the shutout with a home run to right. Rizzo’s 23rd longball of the season ended a string of 17 straight innings in St. Louis without scoring a run. J.C. Boscan hit for Navarro and doubled to center. After Schierholtz tapped back to Mujica for the first out, Donnie Murphy drove a 2-2 pitch over Shane Robinson’s head in center. The ball hopped over the wall and Boscan scored, 6-2 Cardinals. Mike Matheny went to his pen for Randy Choate to face Brian Bogusevic. Dale Sveum countered with Darnell McDonald.

McDonald dribbled a 0-1 pitch up the third baseline and reached with a swinging bunt. With runners on the corners and one out, Matheny went back to his pen for Seth Maness.

Darwin Barney pulled the second pitch of the at bat toward short. Kozma fielded the routine grounder and started the 6-4-3 game ending double play.

The Cubs have one more game remaining on their schedule and Jeff Samardzija will face Jake Westbrook in the season finale on Sunday afternoon.

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