Edwin Jackson takes latest ‘L’ in Cubs’ 6-2 loss to Marlins
BY TONI GINNETTI Staff Reporter September 3, 2013 11:44PM
In his sixth rehab start with the Kane County Cougars, the Cubs’ Scott Baker went 52/3 innings Monday. | File photo
Updated: September 4, 2013 12:20AM
The Edwin Jackson the Cubs hoped to get when they signed him to a four-year deal has appeared only briefly this season, during a stretch beginning in late June when he won four of five decisions.
The Jackson who’s facing the worst season of his career is the pitcher the Cubs have seen more. He was the losing pitcher in the Cubs’ 6-2 defeat by the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, falling to 0-4 in his last six starts and 7-15 overall.
‘‘It’s definitely been a disappointing season, but every lesson is a lesson learned,’’ he said. ‘‘You find ways to keep going. I have three more years here. A season like this makes you look forward to [bouncing back] the next three years.’’
Jackson lasted five innings, giving up three runs and seven hits.
‘‘He had one of his best sliders early, and then that got away from him,’’ manager Dale Sveum said. ‘‘There wasn’t a lot of fastball command in the [strike] zone.
‘‘Unfortunately, we had only three hits after the first hit of the game.’’
The lack of offense didn’t help Jackson, with the Cubs’ only runs coming on Brian Bogusevic’s solo homer leading off the fifth and a sacrifice fly by Anthony Rizzo with the bases loaded in the same inning.
The Marlins had 12 hits off three of the six Cubs pitchers used, with Blake Parker giving up three runs and four hits in the eighth.
The loss was the 19th for the Cubs in their last 24 home games.
Health helps for Baker
Right-hander Scott Baker, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, made his last appearance Monday at Class A Kane County, but his next assignment isn’t clear.
‘‘We’re still evaluating that, but we’ll probably know in the next few days,’’ manager Dale Sveum said.
‘‘Health is the big thing now. The velocity isn’t there, but the fact of the matter is he’s been able to go every five days.’’
The Cubs added three pitchers for the bullpen — lefties Brooks Raley and Zach Rosscup and right-hander Justin Grimm — and catcher J.C. Boscan, all from Class AAA Iowa. Outfielder Dave Sappelt was designated for assignment.