The Cubs entered Sunday with a chance to win a series against the Rockies and make my birthday an extra special one. Unfortunately, they did neither. A throwing error by Junior Lake allowed two runs to score in the sixth inning and the Cubs lost 4-3. It didn’t help that both those men were on base because of Edwin Jackson walks.
“One of those walks scored but one scored on an overthrow,” Jackson said. “(Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer) were two good hitters. I just didn’t make my pitches. I have to make them hit the ball. Regardless, I don’t think those two walks killed me in the game. An open base for Cuddyer, who is one of their best hitters, I don’t necessarily mind that walk.”
And Edwin won’t hold a grudge against Junior for helping to break his three-game winning streak.
“It’s just one of those unfortunate plays, just one of those games,” Jackson said. “It’s a do-or-die play.
“It’s tough, but he’s young and he’s full of energy, and I’m sure he’s pretty excited. But he’s been doing a great job out there so far.”
It’s hard to blame a guy who’s learning to play center field in the majors. One bright spot for the team yesterday was Starlin Castro, who went 4-5.
Shortstop Starlin Castro kept the Rockies on their toes, going 4-for-5 with three singles and a double, the 10th four-hit game of his career and his first this year. Castro admitted he lost some confidence in his first game back from the All-Star break, but Sunday’s performance cleared any doubts from his mind.
“I feel positive [mentally], don’t think about nothing negative, just play baseball like I always do and be aggressive,” he said.
Unfortunately, the team was 1-25 with runners in scoring position for the series. It’s tough to win games when you’re hitting like that.
“We outhit them, we just didn’t outscore them,” Jackson said. “So it was just one of those days where they have the timely hits and we didn’t. But nevertheless we still fought hard, and we don’t really have much to hold our heads down about.
Remember when there was a 99% chance that Matt Garza wouldn’t be a Cub by the time his next start rolled around? Guess who’s starting tonight for the Cubs against the Diamondbacks…
“I’d say 100 percent he’s going to be pitching tomorrow,” manager Dale Sveum predicted on Sunday at Coors Field.
So “Garza Watch” continues, with team president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer waiting for the team that will meet their asking price, which is believed to be three players, at least one close to major-league ready, with an emphasis on pitching.
While we wait on the Matt Garza trade, other players are pondering their futures, too.
“Garza’s a headline piece, but I think that in the baseball world, people are looking for relievers,” said Gregg, who relishes a chance to pitch in the playoffs for the first time since he was a setup guy for the Angels in 2005. “I hope I’m on that list.”
So Kevin Gregg can’t wait to get out of town. I understand, but I wish he didn’t sound quite so giddy.