Cubs right-hander Edwin Jackson doesn’t always have good control, but he found the strike zone Saturday, throwing seven scoreless innings and striking out 11 in a 3-0 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers.
The slow-working Jackson walked one and didn’t allow an extra-base hit. The Brewers had a runner in scoring position only three times and never reached third base against Jackson.
Brewers starter Matt Garza, who was traded by the Cubs to the Texas Rangers last season and signed with the Brewers as a free agent, got knocked around early but not often.
Aware of Garza’s shaky fielding and errant throws to first base, Cubs leadoff hitter Emilio Bonifacio bunted the right-hander’s first pitch of the game and reached safely. He was sacrificed to second and scored on Starlin Castro’s two-out double.
Then Nate Schierholtz, who walked, and Castro scored on Welington Castillo’s double.
But after their three-hit first inning, the Cubs had one hit the rest of the game. That came when Anthony Rizzo singled to lead off the sixth inning.
After the first, Darwin Barney was the only Cub to reach base against Garza, but it came on Brewers third baseman Jeff Bianchi’s fielding error.
Junior Lake, who pinch-hit for Chris Coghlan in the eighth, was only the third baserunner after the first and drew only the second walk of the game for the Cubs, issued by reliever Zach Duke.
After a rough start, Garza kept his pitch count low and lasted seven innings, striking out seven.