The Chicago Cubs have not won a single series this season. After defeating the lowly Arizona Diamondbacks in the first two games of this series, the Cubs appeared to be poised for better luck. As fate (and a bad bullpen) would have it, the Cubs spoiled their ballpark’s one hundredth year anniversary with an awful ninth inning performance on Wednesday to bring the series to two games to one headed into this afternoon’s getaway game.
The Diamondbacks earned the win today and with it a series split at two games a piece. While the Cubs only lost five to two, the game never felt particularly close. Arizona outscored Edwin Jackson and the Cubs three to one in the first two innings, which proved to be all the run support the visiting team would need.
After his shaky start, Jackson settled down and shut down the Diamondbacks over the next five innings. When Jackson departed the game after seven innings, Cubs’ manager Rich Renteria chose to tempt fate by bringing Jose Veras on in relief. Fate and the Diamondbacks took advantage of this decision by scoring two more runs to put the game out of reach. Anthony Rizzo hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to pull the Cubs to within three runs, but that would be as close as the Cubs would come.
The Cubs now head to Milwaukee for a three-game series against the first- place Brewers this weekend. With a dismal record of 7-14, the Cubs will send Carlos Villanueva, Travis Wood, and Jason Hammel to the mound hoping to obtain a series victory.