Friday’s result: Cubs 6, Mets 3
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org June 14, 2013 9:35PM
Chicago Cubs center fielder David DeJesus reacts after running to the wall during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, June 14, 2013, in New York. DeJesus was hurt on the play. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Updated: June 14, 2013 10:45PM
NEW YORK – The Cubs don’t know how long center fielder David DeJesus will be out with a shoulder injury, but they know what he means to their lineup – including the biggest hit in a 6-3 victory over the New York Mets Friday night at CitiField.
“Huge part of our lineup,” manager Dale Sveum said. “When he’s going and getting on base, that’s usually when we score.”
As in Friday’s second inning, when DeJesus delivered a bases-loaded triple off the wall in right-center – one inning before colliding with the same wall in nearly the same spot and hitting the ground in visible pain.
DeJesus was diagnosed with a shoulder sprain and is expected to have an MRI next week after the swelling subsides, at which point the Cubs expect to have a better idea how much time he’ll miss.
“Hopefully, it’s not that big a deal right now and will just be a couple of weeks [on the DL],” Sveum said. “That’s the kind of player he is; he plays hard every day. And unfortunately it got the best of him.”
Meanwhile, oft-criticized free agent starter Edwin Jackson had his second consecutive strong start to lead the Cubs to a 6-3 victory in the opener of a three-game series at CitiField.
Jackson (3-8) pitched six innings, allowing just one run on five hits and striking out seven.
Jackson has allowed two runs in 13 innings with 15 strikeouts over his past two starts, both wins – after opening the season 1-8 with a 6.29 ERA his first 11 starts.
“I don’t think he had great command of his fastball,” Sveum said. “But I think he had one of his better sliders tonight, that’s for sure. … He did another really, really good job.”
Jackson seemed to downplay the idea he might be getting on a roll.
“I’m just trying to come out and continue to battle and continue to help the team win,” said Jackson, who credited teammates with getting him a quick 5-0 lead through two innings.
“It’s definitely a luxury,” he said.
Struggling first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who was dropped from No. 3 in the order to fifth, responded with three hits, and Sveum suggested he’ll use him there again Sunday when the Cubs next face a right-hander (Jeremy Hefner).
Usual No. 5 hitter Nate Schierholtz, who hit well during the Cubs’ just concluded homestand, batted third Friday and hit a homer in his first at-bat – his ninth of the year, tying his career high.