As the Cubs’ front office worked deep into the night to prepare for Thursday’s draft, the team on the field also worked deep into the night – and did nothing to help next year’s draft.
The Cubs’ 5-4 victory over the New York Mets – on the strength of a shutdown bullpen effort and three RBIs from Starlin Castro – dropped the Cubs from first to the No. 2 position in next year’s draft with 106 games to play.
Owners of the worst record in the majors for the past week, the Cubs moved to second-worst, ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Their second straight victory was their fifth in the past six home games.
It was also their second consecutive one-run victory – after managing just two in their first 54 games (of 12 one-run games).
If that looks unlikely, consider this one: Cubs starter Edwin Jackson walked five guys, gave up five hits, including a homer, and lasted just five innings.
Castro went 3-for-4, with a run-scoring single in the first and a tying, two-run single in the fifth. Castro also committed the first-inning error that led to three unearned runs in the first.
The Cubs scored the go-ahead run three batters after Castro’s big hit in the fifth, on Mets reliever Jeurys Familia’s wild pitch with two out and the bases loaded, sending Anthony Rizzo home.