Cubs airing replay of 2013, fall to Cardinals
BY GORDON WITTENMYER Sports Reporter April 13, 2014 5:23PM
Updated: April 13, 2014 5:45PM
ST. LOUIS – Nobody in the Cubs’ clubhouse wants to admit how similar this season looks to last.
“You can’t compare them. Last year was last year,” pitcher Carlos Villanueva said this weekend. “Different personnel… different guys.”
And same old stuff.
But by the time $52-million starter Edwin Jackson got done with Sunday’s six-inning re-enactment of his awful 2013 debut season for the Cubs, it was getting harder and harder to deny.
A 6-4 loss to the rival Cardinals in which Jackson blew a lead, left the Cubs with their fourth series loss in as many tries this season – and ninth straight dating to last season.
The weekend in St. Louis even included Jose Veras doing his Carlos Marmol impersonation well enough to lose his closer job 10 games into the season.
Jackson (0-1) turned in his second consecutive poor outing after a modestly encouraging season debut – and now has a three-game ERA (6.19) remarkably similar to his April ERA a year ago (6.27).
In 34 starts since signing that four-year deal with the Cubs, he’s 8-19 with a 5.08 ERA.
The only bright spot for the Cubs on Sunday came three batters into the game when Anthony Rizzo delivered his second home run of the season, a two-run shot off Cardinals starter Michael Wacha.
But back-to-back run-scoring hits with two outs by the Cards in the second inning drove in three runs for a St. Louis lead.
And after the Cubs tied it in the fourth on Welington Castillo’s two-out RBI single, Jackson quickly gave up another go-ahead run in the bottom of the fourth – Peter Bourgos turning a leadoff triple into a run when Matt Carpenter delivered a sacrifice fly to left with one out.