Garza frustrated as rocky 1st continues struggles

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 17, 2014 at 6:45 pm •  Published: May 17, 2014
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CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Garza is off to a rough start after signing with the Milwaukee Brewers as a free agent in the offseason.

His frustration boiled over Saturday following a 3-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs when he was asked if he was, well, frustrated.

"Of course, I'm frustrated, man," he said. "What do you think, I'm happy? It's the worst freaking start of my career, dude. Yeah, I'm frustrated. I hate this, this feeling."

Garza (2-4) actually had a decent outing, allowing three runs and four hits in seven innings. All the runs came in the first inning and he allowed just two base runners after that.

But that was enough to earn the right-hander the loss.

Edwin Jackson struck out 11 in seven innings and Welington Castillo hit a two-run double to lead the Cubs. Starlin Castro added an RBI double for the last-place Cubs, who won for the third time in 13 games.

"We got everything we needed in the first with two outs and Jackson threw a great seven innings of pitching and his slider was hard and sharp," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said.

Jackson (3-3) had his best outing for Chicago since signing a four-year, $52 million deal before the 2013 season. The right-hander allowed four hits and walked one. He struck out the side in the first and struck out Elian Herrera to end the fifth for his 10th strikeout.

He finished his outing by striking out Jeff Bianchi on a 95 mph fastball. Hector Rondon pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save in as many opportunities.

"I've seen him like this before," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "He had good stuff today and he had good command with all his pitches. The slider is usually a good pitch for him and he spotted his fastball well in and out."

Garza also had it going, although his dominance didn't show on the scoreboard.

He pitched for the Cubs before being traded to the Texas Rangers last season, but said he wasn't any more amped up because he was at Wrigley facing the Cubs.

"I told you guys the first time (in Milwaukee), it's just another game," he said. "It stinks the way it turned out, but there's no more or less emotion. Every time I go out there I go out there the same way.