The Cubs snapped a three-game losing streak Wednesday night at Wrigley Field, beating Milwaukee 6-1 in a rain-delayed game.
Edwin Jackson started for the Cubs against Milwaukee’s Wily Peralta, throwing eight strong innings to improve to 7-11. Jackson allowed eight hits in his longest outing as a Cub.
“I’m the rain man,” Jackson said. “I’m the designated rain man this time. Seems like mostly every start we’had rained out has been on my day. A black cloud trying to follow me maybe.”
Jackson shrugged off the rain delay, and managed to finish July with a 3-1 record a 1.83 earned-run average in five starts.
Anthony Rizzo‘s two-run, 398-foot homer to center in the third inning gave the Cubs an early lead, and Starlin Castro added a solo shot in the two-run fourth. The one-hour, six-minute rain delay halted action in the sixth.
“We had a plan,” manager Dale Sveum said. “As long as we could get him throwing before the hour mark, when it was stopped, we’d get him back out there… He got back on the mound 55 minutes before the hour (of 10 o’clock). It was a shame he didn’t have a chance to get the shutout.”
When the game resumed, David DeJesus’ two-run single made it 6-0, before Jonathan Lucroy’s RBI single snapped the shutout in the eighth.
The Cubs stood pat the trade deadline, meaning most of the remaining players will be around next spring training and into the 2014 season.
“It’s part of the business,” Rizzo said of the trade rumors. “Everything’s rumors, especially now the last couple of years with social media. One person can sent out a tweet now and it’s a big headline rumor. Everything is a rumor until it happens. I learned that. I’ve been traded a couple times… We’re happy to have this team. “
Have the Cubs turned a corner in their rebuild, or will it be Summer Sell-off Part 3 one year from now, when the Javier Baez of the system are waiting in the wings in in Triple-A?
“You can never promise what position you’re going to be in going forward,” general manager Jed Hoyer said. “I’d never say we’re not going to be sellers again. You don’t want to be, but I do feel a lot better.
“As an organization, we have a lot more talent now than we feel we did certainly 12 months ago. I think you can start to see where the pieces fit in. The 2014 season, there’s not going to be a lot of young players breaking camp with the team. I think next year, some of those guys will still be developing, but they’re getting toward that stage where they’re in the conversation for our future. Right now, you can’t put those names in stone and going forward.”