It could have been the LA sunshine or somebody reminded Edwin Jackson about his whopper of a contract because he pitched a great game. Oh, and then there’s Luis Valbuena. This guy’s on fire sending yet another Home Run into orbit! The Cubs get out of Dodge with a 7-3 victory.
So, I’m not a stats type of guy, but it’d be an interesting study to determine if Edwin Jackson is really bad or in the losses he took how much run support did he get? It might not be entirely Jackson’s fault. Anyone want to do a quick search on how many runs he gave up?
“It’s good for the team,” Jackson said. “We came in against a tough team coming off a six game win streak. It’s a high-style environment playing at Dodger Stadium. It’s pretty loud and the fans are really into the game. It’s good for us to come out and take victories like this and win series like this.”
Damn straight it’s good for the team. The Cubs aren’t playing for pride, the Cubs are “auditioning” for next year. Hey, that’s a new term to use when a team isn’t having a great year. This win over the Dodgers will impact the club immensely. Guys like Chris Coghlin and Luis Valbuena are really the spine of the team. Providing Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro the depth they require.
“He’s come in really challenging himself,” Renteria said. “He’s a guy who wants to prove every day that’s he’s capable of being out there and he’s got a good work ethic and has a good approach. He really plays the game with a lot of heart.”