Edwin Jackson picked a bad time to have his worst start of the season, at least from a Cubs standpoint. According to a report from the Sun-Times, Edwin Jackson “was starting to draw interest from teams preparing their lists of available pitchers to target ahead of the July 31 trade deadline.”
Before Friday night, Edwin Jackson was 1-1 in his three previous starts with a 1.80 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP. Jackson had given up 16 hits and three walks in 20 innings with 23 strikeouts.
Gordon Wittenmyer reported Edwin Jackson likely ran the teams that were interested away with his awful performance on Friday night. Jackson served up a pair of home runs in the first two innings to the light-hitting Padres and gave up eight runs on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts in four innings.
Jackson said after the game he had no excuse for the way he pitched. Jackson admitted he “did a terrible job” of making adjustments.
Several of the players the front office was expected to use as trade chips this summer simply have not performed over the first two months of the season. If players, such as Nate Schierholtz and Jose Veras, could turn things around in June and show some sort of consistency in July, they could be help another team win games in the second half while helping the Cubs add inventory to the system.
Justin Ruggiano is close to being activated from the disabled list according to a report from Bill Center. Rick Renteria said the team would see how Ruggiano felt after Friday’s game at Principal Park.
The report said Ruggiano played on back-to-back days for the first time, but Ruggiano has played in five straight games since he began his rehab assignment last Monday.
Justin Ruggiano is hitting .158/.238/.211 in five rehab games with the I-Cubs.
News and Notes
According to a report from Cubs.com, Pedro Strop could be close to starting a rehab assignment.
The Cubs installed a new wall graphic on Friday, only Cubs and Wrigley Field images on the walls at the old ballyard now.
Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger is reportedly emerging as the favorite to replace Bud Selig.
Entering play on Friday, the Cubs had scored 6.76 runs per game in their 17 wins and 2.29 runs per game in their 28 losses, the biggest difference in baseball.
Minor League News and Notes
Kris Bryant extended his hitting streak to nine games on Friday night. Bryant went 1-for-4 with a RBI double. Patrick Mooney caught up with Alex Lontayo, an area scout that saw Bryant around 25 last year before the Cubs drafted him. And according to the report from Comcast SportsNet, the team is finding out Kris Bryant is almost too good to be true. In 46 games, Bryant is hitting .333/.427/.620/1.047 with 13 doubles and 12 home runs.
Javier Baez extended his hitting streak to eight games on Friday night with a 1-for-5 evening that included three strikeouts. Baez is hitting .201/.268/.388 in 36 games. Baez had trouble with the Sky Sox lefty starter.
This Day In Cubstory
2001 – Jon Lieber one-hit the Reds on 79 pitches in a 3-0 Cubs victory. The Reds were shutout for the first time in 208 games and set a National League record. The 1931-33 Yankees (308) and the 1978079 Brewers (212) are the only teams with longer streaks between shutouts.
1978 – Cubs moved into first place with a 6-4, come from behind win over the Phillies. Dave Radar tied the game with a two-run triple in the eighth and Manny Trillo hit a two-run homer in the tenth to win the game.
1969 – Ernie Banks hit the 12th and final grand slam of his career off Jack Baldschun. The Cubs topped the Padres 7-5 in San Diego
1969 – For the first time since the beginning of the season, a span of forty-one games, Don Kessinger did not reach base. Kessinger went 0-for-5 in the Cubs 7-5 win in San Diego.
1967 – Cubs released Dick Bertell
1964 – Cubs outfielder Lou Brock stole home for the first time, combining with Billy Williams on a double steal in the first inning of the first game of a doubleheader in Cincinnati.
1963 – Catcher Dick Bertell collected five hits but the Cubs lost 6-5 to the Houston Colt 45s (Astros) in 13 innings at Wrigley Field
1954 – Phil Cavarretta signed with the White Sox
1878 – Jack Pfiester was born on this date. Pfiester was called ‘Jack the Giant Killer’ and pitched for the Cubs from 1906-1911 and was a key contributor to the Cubs success in 1907 and 1908.