Jackson Shines at Both Ends of the Plate – Cubs down Nationals 8-2


Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson (36) delivers during the third inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson (36) delivers during the third inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Edwin Jackson, the Cub $52 Million Dollar man shined at both ends of the plate today as the Chicago Cubs down the Washington Nationals 8-1.  Jackson teamed with David DeJesus and Anthony Rizzo to each drive in two runs in the contest.

Nationals Pitcher Stephen Strasburg held the Cubs at bay until the fifth inning when Wellington Castillo made it to base courtesy of a Zimmerman error.  Strasburg then walked Darwin Barney.  Both Cubs scored on Jackson’s double.  Jackson’s hit was the first of this year – he had been 0 for 11 since the beginning of the season.

Ian Desmond who terrorized the Cubs yesterday responded with a solo homerun in the bottom half of the fifth to make it 4-1, but the Cubs again responded in the top half of the sixth with four additional runs.  National’s reliever Zach Duke allowed a lead-off double to Alfonso Soriano followed by a single by Nate Schierholtz.  Soriano would score in a wild pitch.  Cody Ransom then added an RBI double giving the Cubbies a 6-1 advantage.  Duke then plinked Castillo with a pitch giving Chicago two base runners – both brought to the plate on a DeJesus single a batter later.

Jackson (the former National), signed a four-year $52 million dollar contract with the Cubs in the off-season.  He has been winless in his first seven starts.

“It is a natural emotion when you get a contract to try to do much more than you’re capable of doing instead of just being yourself,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “Hopefully, those kind of things are going away. He just needs to be Edwin Jackson and not worry about how much money he’s making.”

 

 



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2 replies

  1. Edwin sure did have a great game. I’ve been picking on him this season, but yesterday’s outing was amazing. I can’t say yet if he’s redeemed himself in my books, but it sure is a start.

    • Agreed. We have many Cubs fans – including one of our best friends. He asked for us to report some good news and we thought Jackson’s effort would fit the bill. This seems to be a common theme among these huge contract players (see: Carl Crawford, A-Gonz, etc). It has to be the pressure of playing up to the paycheck. Sveum’s qoute was spot on.

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