Edwin Jackson continues to struggle in Cubs’ 8-4 loss
BY TONI GINNETTI email@example.com June 2, 2013 4:54PM
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 2: Edwin Jackson #36 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning on June 2, 2013 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
Updated: June 2, 2013 11:52PM
Manager Dale Sveum was hoping for ``conviction and velocity’’ from starter Edwin Jackson Sunday, but it didn’t happen.
Instead, Jackson suffered another loss as the Arizona Diamondbacks took the weekend series from the Cubs with an 8-4 victory.
Jackson (1-8) had one of his worst games, giving up a season-high 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings, seven runs (five earned) with four wild pitches -- equaling his strikeouts.
Jackson gave up three runs in both the third (two were unearned after center fielder Julio Borbon dropped the ball) and the sixth.
He did drive in one run off Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin, who equalled his season high in runs allowed.
But Corbin remained undefeated, improving to 9-0 with a six-inning outing. The big blow against him was Scott Hairston’s two-run homer in the fifth.
The Cubs had only six hits off Corbin, who got past first-inning wildness when he hit two batters and walked two.
Jackson’s ERA climbed from 6.11 to 6.29.
Jackson’s last two starts were cut short by rain, including last Tuesday after two innings against the White sox and on May 23 when he was limited to three innings because of rain at Pittsburgh.
The loss ended the homestand at 3-2. They will start a brief two-game series in California Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels before returning Friday to begin a seven-game homestand against PIttsburgh and Cincinnati.