Saturday, July 12, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Braves 11, Cubs 6
By Jesse Rogers
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs lost to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, 11-6. Here's a quick look at the game:
How it happened: Edwin Jackson didn't get out of the fourth inning as he gave up nine runs, seven hits and four walks. Three hits left the park, including two by Chris Johnson and one by the pitcher Mike Minor. The Cubs actually took a 2-0 first inning lead as Arsimendy Alcantara scored on a Justin Ruggiano single after doubling to leadoff for the Cubs. Chris Coghlan also had an RBI in the inning. Down 9-3 in the fifth, the Cubs cut the deficit in half as Coghlan doubled home two more but that's as close as they came. The Braves added two more in the ninth on RBI singles by Justin Upton and Jason Heyward.
What it means: Jackson's ERA rose to 5.64, and juxtaposed against gutty performances by rookies this past week, his start looks even worse. Yes the wind was blowing out but once again Jackson got outpitched by his competition. It has been an ongoing story since signing with the team before last season. Coghlan continued a recent hot streak with two more hits. He's batting .428 in July with a .500 on-base percentage.
Alcantara OF debut: After playing only 11 games in center field this season at Triple-A Iowa, Alcantara had no issues out there on one of the most windy days of the year. He tracked down all catchable balls and played the ones that got behind him correctly. He showed promise with a smooth debut in the outfield at Wrigley. And he was as good as ever at the plate adding another two hits to his first week total. He has scored five times in his first four games.
What's next: The rubber game of the series -- and the finale before the All-Star break -- comes Sunday afternoon when Travis Wood (7-7, 4.64 ERA) faces Julio Teheran (8-6, 2.57).