MILWAUKEE -- Considering the stress of an 87-loss season with 12 games remaining, it's somewhat surprising that more incidents like the public confrontation involving Chicago Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson and manager Dale Sveum in the fifth inning of a 6-1 loss at Milwaukee haven't occurred more frequently.
"It happens," Jackson said after he disagreed over Sveum's decision to pull him for a pinch hitter in the top of the fifth inning with the Cubs trailing the Milwaukee Brewers 2-0 with a runner at second base. "I was caught off guard a bit. But that's the nature of the game. He's the manager. He can make the calls when he needs to."
Sveum pointed out that Jackson already was at 76 pitches and felt he could try to at least have a better chance at getting Welington Castillo home from second with a pinch hitter at Miller Park, where the Cubs have played their share of wild games.
"He wasn't really happy being taken out of the game, and I understand that," said Sveum, who pointing his finger at Jackson as Jackson was headed from the dugout to the clubhouse after the top of the fifth as several coaches surrounded them.
"That's my decision, and I'll leave it at that."
Brian Bogusevic hit for Jackson but struck out for the second out of the inning. Starlin Castro hit a single to score Castillo, but that's as close as the Cubs would get as Milwaukee pulled away largely on the strength of four RBIs by Caleb Gindl.
At 8-16, Jackson is two losses shy of suffering the most losses by a Cubs pitcher since Steve Trachsel lost 18 in 1999. Jackson limited the Reds to one run in seven innings in his last start, but problems rose early when he walked three consecutive batters in the second and then allowed two runs in the fourth and committed a throwing error.
Jackson's 16 losses are second highest in the National League and his 13 wild pitches are the third. He has committed four errors.
"It's been a crazy year for us, but everyone is out working every day and striving to get better," said Jackson, who has two starts left.
Jackson added that there's a "great mix" in the clubhouse and stress there are no lingering bitter feelings.
"I don't have a problem with (Sveum)," Jackson said. "I'm sure he don't have a problem with me. It's something that happened. But it's not really a big deal. It might be made to be a bigger deal than it is.
"It's the competitive nature. You see it all the time in football."
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