Cubs starter Edwin Jackson struggled with his command during the sixth inning of Sunday's 10-7, 10-inning loss to the Giants, and when manager Dale Sveum called to the bullpen, his replacement, right-handed reliever Michael Bowden, didn't fare much better as he and Jackson combined to set a Major League record for most wild pitches in an inning of a regular-season game with five.
Jackson struck out nine in 5 1/3 innings and held the Giants scoreless through the first five innings but threw two wild pitches in the sixth, the second of which accounted for San Francisco's third run of the game. Jackson gave up five runs (four earned) on five hits and walked four in a no-decision.
Bowden threw three wild pitches, walked a batter and gave up one hit, but he managed to work his way out of a jam, getting two outs to escape the inning.
Chicago's five wild pitches in the inning topped the previous regular-season record of four, which happened seven times, most recently by the Mariners on Aug. 17, 2008.
The only other time a club threw five wild pitches in an inning occurred in the 2000 postseason, when Rick Ankiel of the Cardinals threw all five while pitching in Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Braves.
"It's inexcusable to let your team down like that when you self-implode in an inning like that and not make an adjustment to regain control of your pitches," Jackson said. "I let a flaw pretty much detonate the inning and ruin the game."
Matt Weber is a reporter for MLB.com.