Two Jacksons getting noticed in Cubs camp

MESA, Ariz. -- Saturday’s Chicago Cubs intrasquad game was notable for the performance of the Jackson 2.

Pitcher Jay Jackson pitched three perfect innings while Brett Jackson hit a home run for the second consecutive day. Both were playing for the White Team. The game was called after six innings in a 3-3 tie.

In his fifth season in the Cubs organization, Jay Jackson has a golden opportunity to make an impression on a new manager (Dale Sveum) and pitching coach (Chris Bosio). Saturday was his first chance to show that his 8-14 record and 5.34 ERA at Triple-A Iowa last season wasn’t representative of what he can do.

“I feel like I know I can help this ballclub any way they need me to,” Jay Jackson said. “Whatever they want me to do I will be more than willing to do it. This is just my second year (in big-league camp) so I feel a little more comfortable this year. I’m not going to think too much about it.”

Brett Jackson’s road appears set with a trip to Iowa in his near future, but if he continues to deliver on his potential like he is doing it won’t be an easy decision.

“I’ve said it before, the things I can control are what I do every day,” Brett Jackson said. “I’m not going to make the team right now, today, but every day is a piece to that puzzle and I will keep working until that day comes. And when that day comes I will keep working there.”

Joe Mather had a three-run home run for the White Team.