Don’t blame Cubs bullpen for 5-2 loss to Diamondbacks
BY GORDON WITTENMYER Sports Reporter April 24, 2014 4:28PM
Updated: April 24, 2014 9:44PM
You can’t blame this loss on the Cubs’ years-old bullpen problem.
But there was no denying the years-old feel to the lack of hitting that cost the Cubs in a 5-2 loss to unimpressive right-hander Mike Bolsinger and the Arizona Diamondbacks in the final game of a four-game series at Wrigley Field on Thursday.
One day after having the Wrigley centennial celebration spoiled by another ninth-inning meltdown, the Cubs settled for a series split when Bolinger held the Cubs to an unearned first-inning run in six innings of work.
Edwin Jackson (1-2) was tagged with the loss after giving up three in the first two innings before settling down. He retired 17 of the final 18 batters he faced, but it was too little, too late.