Game One Hundred Twenty-Six: Cubs 3, Giants 8
WP – Jake Peavy (2-3) LP – Edwin Jackson (6-14) Save – None
Edwin Jackson gave up four runs in the first inning and was out of the game before he could record three outs in the third inning as the Cubs lost to the Giants Wednesday night at the old ballyard. The Cubs pounded out 11 hits but scored all three runs on two longballs, one by Chris Valaika and the other off the bat flip of Luis Valbuena in the eighth.
Edwin Jackson arguably had his worst outing in a Cubs uniform Wednesday night. Jackson lasted a season-low 2 2/3 innings and gave up seven runs on eight hits, six for extra bases. Jackson allowed more runs in two different starts (eight on May 23, nine on July 12) but Wednesday was different. Jackson had little to no command for two of the three innings he pitched. Jackson uncorked two wild pitches, one flew behind Michael Morse and the other sailed over the head of Hunter Pence. Neither one of the wild pitches appeared intentional.
Edwin Jackson appears to have lost what confidence he had left along with his release point. Jackson continued to miss up in the zone and the Giants were waiting on his mistakes. Jackson allowed seven runs on eight hits with two walks, two wild pitches and two strikeouts. Jackson threw 61 pitches, 37 for strikes, in 2 2/3 innings.
Carlos Villanueva served up a solo homer to Hunter Pence leading off the fourth inning, but that was the only run he gave up in 3 1/3 innings. Wesley Wright pitched a scoreless inning and Kyuji Fujikawa ate up two innings without allowing any runs.
The Cubs cut the Giants lead to 4-2 in the second inning after Chris Valaika (1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI) hit his first longball of the season. The Cubs could not string together any more hits in the second and Edwin Jackson allowed the game to get out of hand in the third inning. The offense grounded into three double plays in the first four innings.
Luis Valbuena (3-for-4 with a double, a triple and two runs scored) ended up a double short of a cycle and his 11th longball of the season in the eighth accounted for the Cubs third and final run.
Anthony Rizzo (1-for-4), Javier Baez (1-for-4) and John Baker (2-for-4) collected hits. The Cubs finished the game 1-for-6 with RISP and left five men on base.
With Wednesday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to 54-71 on the season.
Edwin Jackson had another horrible first inning and the Giants lit him up for four runs. Angel Pagan singled to right on a 1-2 pitch. With Pagan running, Hunter Pence lined a 2-2 pitch into right. Pagan advanced to third with no outs. Pablo Sandoval flied out to Alcantara in right center. Pagan tagged and scored, 1-0 Giants. Jackson’s 1-0 pitch to Michael Morse sailed behind the right handed hitter. Pence went to second on the wild pitch. Jackson walked Morse on four pitches. Pence got a running lead on the first pitch to Joe Panik. Pence swiped third without a throw and scored when Panik ripped a single into left. Morse advanced to third on the play. Travis Ishikawa drove a 0-2 pitch into the left field corner. Morse and Panik scored, 4-0 Giants. Jackson found a way to strikeout out Andrew Susac for the second out. Brandon Crawford was intentionally walked. With runners on first and second with two outs, Jake Peavy flied out to right to end the inning.
Edwin Jackson threw 33 pitches, 19 for strikes, as the Giants batted around in the first inning.
Jake Peavy faced the minimum in the first on eight pitches and after one complete, the Cubs trailed 4-0.
Edwin Jackson actually retired the side in order in the second inning. Jackson threw 44 pitches, 25 for strikes, in two innings.
Luis Valbuena led off the second with a triple into the right field corner. Ryan Sweeney lined out to first and Arismendy Alcantara struck out swinging. Chris Valaika picked up his teammates and pulled a 3-2 pitch into the bleachers in left. Valaika’s first big league home run since May 4, 2013 when he was with the Marlins cut the Giants lead to 4-2. John Baker followed with a singled to left center and Edwin Jackson singled to left. With the tying runs on base, Chris Coghlan swung at and missed a 3-2 pitch from Peavy to end the inning. Jake Peavy needed 39 pitches, 24 for strikes, to complete two innings.
After two innings, it looked like it might end up being a ballgame. The Cubs were down by only two runs, 4-2.
Edwin Jackson did what he has done so many times since he signed with the Cubs. When his teammates put runs on the board for him, Jackson seemingly always gives them right back, and then some. And that was the case Wednesday night.
Michael Morse led off the third with a double to left. Joe Panik flied out to right. Morse tagged and advanced to third with one out. Travis Ishikawa doubled to right. Morse scored, 5-2 Giants. Andrew Susac followed and drove his first big league homer into the bleachers in right (opposite field) and the Giants went up 7-2 after putting three quick runs on the board. Brandon Crawford doubled to right center, the Giants fourth extra basehit of the inning. After Jackson struck out Jake Peavy, Rick Renteria decided that was enough for Jackson and went to his pen for Carlos Villanueva. Pagan flied out to left to end the inning.
The Cubs hit into their second double play of the game in the third inning. Peavy needed 50 pitches, 31 for strikes, to complete three innings. And after three complete, the Cubs were down 7-2.
Hunter Pence led off the fourth with a home run to left, 8-2 Giants. Pablo Sandoval followed with a double to left center, the Giants seventh extra basehit of the game. Carlos Villanueva refocused after the double and retired Morse, Panik and Ishikawa in order to end the inning.
The Cubs hit into their third double play of the night in the fourth inning. Peavey threw 58 pitches, 38 for strikes, in four innings and the Cubs trailed 8-2 after four innings.
The game remained 8-2 Giants until the eighth inning. Carlos Villanueva, Wesley Wright and Kyuji Fujikawa kept the Giants from tacking on. Juan Gutierrez replaced Jake Peavy in the eighth and retired Javier Baez on a flyout to left for the first out. Anthony Rizzo popped out to third. Luis Valbuena pulled his 11th longball of the season into the bleachers in right … 8-3 Giants. Sweeney hit a grounder up the first baseline, did not run and ended the inning.
After eight innings, the Giants led 8-3 … and that is the way the game ended.
The Cubs and Giants have a game to finish Thursday and a game to play Thursday. Jacob Turner will start the suspended game (4:05pm CDT) that will begin in the fifth inning. Travis Wood is scheduled to face Madison Bumgarner in the regularly scheduled game on Thursday night (7:05pm CDT).