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Thursday, April 24th
(All times Eastern)
Arizona Diamondbacks (6-18) at Chicago Cubs (7-13), 2:20 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Mike Bolsinger (0-1, 10.29)
Chicago - Edwin Jackson (1-1, 5.40)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Veteran right-hander Edwin Jackson can pitch the Chicago
Cubs to a rare series victory on Thursday afternoon when they host the Arizona
Diamondbacks in the finale of a four-game series at 100-year-old Wrigley
The Cubs celebrated the stadium's centennial on Wednesday, but saw a 5-2 lead
in the ninth inning disintegrate into a 7-5 loss. Chicago's 26 blown saves in
2013 were No. 2 in the National League behind Arizona and its 75 since the
outset of 2011 are second-most in the majors behind Houston.
"That one finished not like we would have wanted, obviously," manager Rick
Renteria said. "It seemed like the inning kept opening up, and we weren't able
to end up in the end putting a stop to it."
Jackson has fallen short of six innings pitched in three of his four starts
this season, though he did defeat Cincinnati, 8-4, in his most recent outing.
In that game, he allowed two runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings to earn his
second win in his last 14 starts.
Jackson made 21 starts for Arizona and was 6-10 before being dealt to the
Chicago WHite Sox. He's faced the Diamondbacks four times since the trade and
is 1-2 with a 6.75 earned run average.
Arizona, which has won two of its last 12 games, aims for two in a row behind
rookie Mike Bolsinger, who makes his second start.
The youngster was tagged for seven runs and seven hits in four innings of an
8-6 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.
Nonetheless, he remains in the rotation in place of Trevor Cahill, who's
subsequently worked out of the bullpen.
"It's how you respond to it," Bolsinger said. "Each time I've been out there,
I've kind of learned. I learned a lot from my first time out and I kind of
learned a lot from this start. Hopefully I can take it on to the next one."
On Wednesday, Aaron Hill capped the five-run rally with a two-run triple to
help Arizona claim its victory.
Martin Prado contributed a two-run single and Miguel Montero added an RBI hit
during the deciding frame for the Diamondbacks, who halted a four-game slide
that included the first two games in the series.
Cahill (1-4) turned in two innings of scoreless relief for the win, while
Addison Reed followed suit in the ninth to close out the contest and earn his
Justin Ruggiano's two-run shot in the sixth provided a seemingly safe three-
run cushion for the Cubs.
Pedro Strop (0-2) was on the hook for four runs, but one earned, while
recording only two outs in defeat.
Arizona was 4-3 against the Cubs last season.
04/24 10:31:12 ET