Brett Jackson’s First Major League Hit and David DeJesus’ Multi-homer Game Helped the Cubs Beat the Astros 7-2
For rookie Brett Jackson, Wednesday game is a memorable one as he collected a few “firsts” in the Majors. The outfield had his first double, first triple, first RBI, and first multiple extra-base-hit game.
He was not the only one that contributed in the Chicago Cubs’ 7-2 victory over the Houston Astros in the rubber-game of the series as his teammate David DeJesus and Starlin Castro hit a few home runs. A crowd of 33,714 witnessed the Cubs won to end the seven-game homestand at Wrigley Field.
Jackson, called up from Triple-A Iowa on August 5, had his first triple in the second inning which passed centerfielder Brandon Barnes that scored Castro from third. The game was then tied at 1-1.
He also got on base with his first double in the sixth inning and later tallied on Astros catcher Jason Castros’ passed ball.
The Cubs took the permanent lead in the third hitting two homers in the same frame. The last time they achieved a multi-home run inning was in the fifth inning against the Mets in New York on July 6.
DeJesus led off with his third home run off starter Bud Norris. Two out later, Alfonso Soriano walked and Castro homered to left field for his 12th of the year, to increase the Cubs’ lead to 4-1.
The lead for the home team widened in the fourth. DeJesus, who homered twice this year before Wednesday’s contest, matched that number with another shot, a two-run dinger that landed onto the left-field bleachers.
The outfielder also had two singles and finished the day going 4-for-4.
The Astros scored the first run of the game and took a short lead in the second inning in which Scott Moore hit his seventh dinger to lead off. He also scored the Astros’ other run in the seventh.
Starting for the Cubs, Justin Germano (2-2) was sharp in his longest outing with Chicago to earn his second win of the year. He lasted 6 1/3 innings giving up a single run on five hits while striking out six and walking one.
Relievers James Russell, Shawn Camp, and Carlos Marmol shut down the Astros for the rest of the game. The defense has backed up the Cubs pitching inducing four double-plays.
The Astros starter, Norris (5-10) left the game early due to injury. In the fourth inning, Josh Vitters’ single hit the pitcher’s right foot. The right-hander took the loss allowing six runs, including three home runs, on eight hits striking out four and walking three.
Chicago finished the seven-game homestand with a record of 3-4 and will kick-off a week-long road trip starting in Cincinnati against the Reds Friday night.
Patrick Au Yeung