The Cubs really did not do much to deserve a victory on Saturday evening and the streaking Brewers took advantage of their struggling neighbors to the south, extending Milwaukee’s winning streak to six games. Edwin Jackson had a so so outing, with the only earned run he allowed coming off of a Jonathan Lucroy homer.
But Jackson, along with the fielders backing him up, committed three errors collectively that led to four unearned runs. Meanwhile, the Cubs offense struggled to put much pressure on Brewers starter Hiram Burgos. The North Siders seemingly have a history of struggling against rookie pitchers and that trend continued Saturday. The Brewers righty was certainly not overpowering, as reflected by his one strikeout, but the only run the Cubs managed was a RBI single by Alfonso Soriano in the fourth to tie the game at one.
From there the Brewers bullpen made sure that there would be no tease comeback attempt by the Cubs on Saturday. The only positive from the game was a scoreless inning in relief each by Hector Rondon and Kameron Loe, with Rondon escaping a bases loaded two out situation.
Apr 20, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Chicago Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson reacts after giving up a home run to Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy (not pictured) in the 2nd inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
The will try to avoid the series sweep on Sunday afternoon and snap the Brewers winning streak all in one game. The Cubs find themselves in last place in the NL Central despite a week of being competitive.