Edwin Jackson said he was embarrassed by the way he pitched following Saturday’s loss to the Braves. Jackson had a bad outing and stood up and fielded the questions once again.
In regards to his performance, Jackson told the beat writers, “It was embarrassing, horrendous game. Flat out. No other way to put it. The team does a great job of battling back and you continuously go out and give up the lead, it’s pretty much unacceptable. At the end of the day you have two options: You can accept it and fold or you can take it as a slap in the face and turn it around and do something about it.”
Edwin Jackson said there is still “a lot of baseball left” and he thinks he can “turn things around and have a better second half and have the whole first half forgotten about.”
The Cubs do not have any plans to remove Edwin Jackson from the rotation, at this time, according to multiple reports. Rick Renteria was asked about the possibility of moving the struggling Jackson to the bullpen and he said the team has not discussed it.
Arismendy Alcantara played his first game in centerfield Saturday at the big league level and played rather well after minimal time at the position in Iowa. Alcantara took good routes to balls and appeared to read the ball well on a windy day at the old ballyard. At the plate, the switch-hitting Alcantara went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.
Alcantara is not sure what the team’s plans are for him after the All-Star break. Alcantara was named to the Triple-A All-Star game, which is Wednesday, and the team has not addressed if he will play in the minor league All-Star Game or if he will stay with the big league team through the break and play in the three-game series in Arizona. The Cubs do not need a fourth starter until July 22 when the team opens a 10-game homestand with the first of three against the Padres.
Arismendy Alcantara told the beat writers he’ll stay and do whatever they want him to.
The Cubs are expected to meet during the break and discuss how the active roster will be constructed after the mid-season breather until trades are made. The front office has not decided what to do with Arismendy Alcantara yet, but the plan as of Friday morning according to Jed Hoyer was to continue Alcantara’s development in Triple-A Iowa.
Emilio Bonifacio played his second rehab game for the AZL Cubs Saturday night. Bonifacio started at second base and went 0-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored. In two rehab games, Bonifacio is 3-for-6 with a walk, a strikeout, a stolen base and a run scored.
Rick Renteria was asked about Bonifacio prior to Saturday’s game. The Cubs’ skipper said the team will not be rushing Bonifacio back. Bonifacio, by rule, can be on a rehab assignment for 20 days before he has to be activated from the DL.
Kris Bryant and Javier Baez are in Minneapolis to take part in the annual SiriusXM Radio All-Star Futures Game at Target Field. MLB Network will televise the game, that begins at 4:00 CDT today (Sunday), and Mike Ferrin will call the game along with Jim Duquette, Jim Bowden and Grant Paulsen on MLB Network Radio.
Kris Bryant is hitting fourth and playing third for the U.S. Team. Javier Baez is not in the starting lineup for the World Team.
For those that follow prospects and minor league baseball, the Futures Game is one of the must see events of the year.
Anthony Giansanti made one heck-of-a-catch Saturday night.
This Day In Cubstory
2013 – Cubs selected Cole Gillespie off waivers from the Giants
1987 – Cubs traded Steve Trout to the Yankees for Rich Schneid, Bob Tewksbury and Dean Wilkins
1977 – A blackout engulfs the New York area with the Cubs leading the Mets 2-1 in the sixth inning at Shea Stadium. The game is completed on Sept. 16 and the Cubs won 4-3 behind Ray Burris.
1966 – Cubs signed free agent Robin Roberts
1956 – Ernie Banks played in his 394th consecutive game and ties Al Simmons’ record for consecutive games played by a rookie to start his career. Mr. Cub drove in the winning run as the Cubs topped the Pirates 7-6 at Wrigley Field
1959 – Cubs purchased Art Schult from the Red Sox
1956 – Bill Caudill, born
1946 – WBKB became the first station to televise a Cubs game at Wrigley Field. The game was covered with one camera and the Cubs lost 4-3 to the Dodgers.
1916 – Cubs purchased Joe Kelly from Indianapolis for the American Association for cash, plus two PTBNL