Cubs noticing improvement from Jackson

Cubs noticing improvement from Jackson

CHICAGO -- Brett Jackson still has more strikeouts than hits, but Cubs manager Dale Sveum is seeing progress from the young center fielder.

On Friday, Jackson hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning to help the Cubs beat the Rockies, 5-3. It was his second home run, and first at Wrigley Field. On Saturday, he belted a two-run shot in the fourth, and posted his first multi-RBI game in the Cubs' 4-3 loss to the Rockies. Seven of his 12 hits have gone for extra bases.

"Those are building blocks," Sveum said on Saturday. "A lot of guys have to understand when they have these struggles or whatever, that there's always that last at-bat when you can win a baseball game or tie it.

"It's no fun to strike out, which is one the lowest emotions we can have in this game. But there's no better emotion when you hit a home run like that, either."

Jackson is batting .197 with 31 strikeouts through 18 games.