Rapid Reaction: Brewers 9, Cubs 3

June, 25, 2013
Levine By Bruce Levine

MILWAUKEE -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 9-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday:

How it happened: In a battle for last place in the National League Central, the Cubs' Edwin Jackson was looking for his fourth win in what has been a disappointing season. Jackson, who won two of his last three appearances coming into the game, gave up six earned runs in 4 2/3 innings for his 10th loss of the season. Nate Schierholtz continued to be the team's most consistent offensive performer, hitting a three-run home run in the third inning, his 11th of the season Two walks and a wild pitch by Jackson set up the tying and go-ahead runs in the a 29-pitch, five-run fifth inning. Slumping shortstop Starlin Castro was rested for the first time since 2011.

What it means: The Cubs grab sole possession of last place in the NL Central. Jackson's 10 losses are the second-most in the National League behind 11 for the Philadelphia Phillies' Cole Hamels. Milwaukee has won all four meetings this season at Miller Park between the two rivals. The Cubs are in a stretch of playing 16 of 19 on the road. They began this leg of the journey with three in Milwaukee followed by three in Seattle and three more in Oakland.

Outside the box: GM Jed Hoyer said conversations with perspective trading partners are running in a similar pattern to last season' talks. ... Castro had played in 269 consecutive games before sitting Tuesday's game. The Cubs record for consecutive games is held by Hall of Fame outfielder Billy Williams (1,117 ). ... Cubs manager Dale Sveum took the pressure off Castro by texting him on Monday evening and telling him he had the day off Tuesday. ... Teammates were both sorry to see former closer Carlos Marmol leave and happy he would get a chance elsewhere. Former Cubs icon Sammy Sosa said it best when he said when Cub fans start booing you it is time to leave.

Up next: Scott Feldman (6-6, 3.39) matches up with Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo (6-8, 4.09) in the second game of a three-game series at 7:10 p.m. CT Wednesday.

Bruce Levine | email

Chicago baseball beat reporter
Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.



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Starlin Castro
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HRA. Rizzo 32
RBIA. Rizzo 78
RA. Rizzo 89
OPSA. Rizzo .913
WJ. Arrieta 10
ERAT. Wood 5.03
SOJ. Arrieta 167