In a season where little has gone right for Edwin Jackson, he finally seemed to put it all together against the White Sox Tuesday night - only to see the heavens intervene and wipe out another start early.
Jackson retired seven of the eight batters he faced before a hard rain ended his start - and more than an hour later ended the game. He had his previous start, last week in Pittsburgh, ended after three innings by a rain delay.
"One of those things," said the Cubs' $52 million free agent acquisition. "Sometimes when you're having a season like I'm having, that's how it is. You feel good, something happens. You feel bad, something happens.
"Back-to-back rainouts might be a first in my career, though."
Jackson is 1-7 with a 6.11 ERA in 10 official starts.
The Cubs led 2-0 on Welington Castillo's second-inning, two-run homer off Sox ace Chris Sale when the game was halted.
It has not been rescheduled. Cubs manager Dale Sveum speculated the teams' June 24 mutual open date would be a reasonable time to play the game.
"You hate to waste any time when you get up 2-0 against a pitcher like Sale," Sveum said. "It's too bad the game had to be canceled that quick. We knew that rain was coming."
He especially liked what he saw from Jackson - and seemed especially disappointed the right-hander's sharp start was scuttled.
"He came out throwing the ball really well," Sveum said, just a few days after publicly saying it was up to a veteran like Jackson to solve his own problems and break his funk. "He obviously had a lot of conviction and velocity from the get-go - 92-93-mph cutters as well as his fastball at 96. That's the guy we want to go out there all the time - 86-87-mph sliders and velocity from the get-go, and then see what happens from there."