Game Ninety-Five: Cubs 4, Diamondbacks 5
WP – Eury De La Rosa (1-0) LP – Brian Schlitter (2-3, BS 3) Save – Addison Reed (22)
The Cubs began the second half of the season with another loss at Chase Field. The Cubs led 4-2 in the sixth inning but the bullpen could not preserve the one-run that Edwin Jackson left them with on Friday night. The D-Backs scored three runs in the sixth and held on for the win after the Cubs put the tying run on third in the ninth with one out.
Anthony Rizzo (2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI) had a big night at the plate and did his best to lead his team to a victory. Rizzo hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning and a solo blast in the sixth. Rizzo recorded the sixth multi-homer game of his career and second of the season Friday night. Rizzo was robbed of a game-tying double in the eighth on an excellent running catch by Ender Inciarte in left center.
Arismendy Alcantara (0-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and two stolen bases) went hitless Friday, but reached base twice, swiped two bases and was on board for Rizzo’s two-run shot in the fourth. The Cubs offense managed only six hits and only two knocks after Trevor Cahill left the game in the fifth inning.
Luis Valbuena (1-for-4 with a double and a run scored) doubled in the fourth and scored on a two-out single by Ryan Sweeney (1-for-4 with a RBI).
The offense was 2-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base.
Edwin Jackson was in cruise control through the first four innings. Jackson allowed two hits in four innings and took a 3-0 lead into the fifth. Arizona started chipping away and scored a pair of runs in the fifth inning as Jackson started to struggle. After Rizzo gave Jackson a two-run lead going into the sixth, Paul Goldschmidt hit a solo home run, Jackson was pulled and the game got away from the bullpen.
Edwin Jackson just cannot get out of his own way. Friday night was a typical Edwin Jackson outing. For four innings he was nearly unhittable then he could not record an out. Jackson is not giving his team any length when he starts and the young arms in the bullpen are going to pay the price. If the Cubs are not able to trade Carlos Villanueva, the front office should consider piggybacking Villanueva with Jackson for the remainder of the season.
Edwin Jackson was charged with three runs on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Jackson threw only 88 pitches, 55 for strikes, in 5 1/3 innings.
Rick Renteria used James Russell, Brian Schlitter and Zac Rosscup to get through the sixth inning. Schlitter was tagged with the loss after allowing one run on two hits in a third of an inning.
Neil Ramirez tossed a scoreless seventh and Justin Grimm pitched a scoreless eighth.
With Friday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to 40-55 on the season.
Arismendy Alcantara led off the fourth inning of a scoreless game and quickly fell behind 0-2. Alcantara was very patient against Trevor Cahill and ended up working a walk. Alcantara swiped second on a 1-1 pitch to Rizzo and trotted home when Anthony Rizzo launched a 2-1 pitch from Cahill over the swimming pool in right center. Rizzo’s 21st longball of the season gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead. Castro struck out swinging for the first out. Luis Valbuena doubled to right center and went to third when Ruggiano grounded out to short. Ryan Sweeney singled to right, Valbuena scored and the Cubs took a 3-0 lead. Castillo tapped out in front to of the plate to end the inning.
Edwin Jackson put a zero on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Jackson threw 51 pitches, 30 for strikes, in four innings. And after four complete, the Cubs led 3-0.
The Cubs did nothing in the fifth, and the Diamondbacks started chipping in to the Cubs lead in the fifth. After Trumbo grounded out to short for the first out, Jackson could not put away Prado. Martin Prado singled to right on a 1-2 pitch, just the D-Backs’ third hit of the game. Gerardo Parra singled to right, Prado advanced to third with one out. Didi Gregorius followed with a single to right (1-1 pitch), Prado scored and cut the Cubs lead to 3-1. Nick Evans hit for Trevor Cahill and worked a 2-2 count before rapping a single into left. Parra scored, 3-2 Cubs. With runners on first and third and one out, a 1-1 pitch to Aaron Hill got past Castillo. Gregorius took off for the plate. Welington Castillo threw a strike to Jackson, who was waiting for Gregorius to apply the tag. Hill grounded out to short for the third out. Jackson threw 28 pitches in the fifth (79 pitches, 49 for strikes) but was able to escape with the Cubs in the lead.
At the end of five innings, the Cubs led 3-2.
Eury De La Rosa replaced Cahill for the sixth inning and Anthony Rizzo greeted him with a mammoth home run to centerfield. Rizzo’s second of the night and 22nd of the year gave the Cubs a 4-2 lead. De La Rosa retired Castro (foul out to first), Valbuena (flyout to left) and Ruggiano (flyout to left) in order to end the inning.
Edwin Jackson started the sixth inning with a 4-2 lead. Jackson retired David Peralta on a pop out to third. Jackson jumped ahead of Goldschmidt, but he could not put the slugger away. Goldschmidt launched a 2-2 pitch over the wall in right and cut the Cubs lead to 4-3. Rick Renteria decided that was enough for Jackson and went to his pen for James Russell. Miguel Montero reached on a slug bunt toward third and Renteria went back to his pen. Brian Schlitter replaced Russell and gave up a single to Mark Trumbo. Trumbo went with the 0-1 pitch and drove the ball into right. With two on and one down, Prado hit a 1-1 pitch off the plate, when the ball came down, Valbuena could not throw out Prado at first and the bases were loaded with one down. Gerardo Parra hit a 1-0 pitch to left center. Chris Coghlan caught the ball, Montero tagged and scored. Game tied at four. Renteria made the slow walk again and replaced Schlitter with Zac Rosscup. Didi Gregorius singled to left on a 3-2 pitch, Trumbo scored and the D-Backs took a 5-4 lead. Cody Ross hit for De La Rosa and fouled out to Rizzo to finally end the inning.
After six innings, the Cubs trailed 5-4.
And that is how the game ended. The Cubs put a runner on second with two down in the eighth and could not come up with a hit. And Justin Ruggiano ended up at third base with one out in the ninth, but Ryan Sweeney popped out and Welington Castillo struck out to end the game.
Travis Wood takes on Wade Miley Saturday night (7:10pm CDT) in game two at Chase Field.