Maddon: Jackson getting lost 'can't happen'

Maddon: Jackson getting lost 'can't happen'

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Edwin Jackson's misdirection didn't go over too well with Cubs manager Joe Maddon.

Jackson went to the wrong ballpark for his start on Tuesday because he followed the directions on his Google Map app, which sent him to Phoenix Municipal Stadium. The trouble is, the game was being played at Hohokam Stadium, just 3.6 miles from where the Cubs train.

"That was obviously not good," Maddon said. "You have time to prepare and understand where you're going as a Major League person, speaking the language extremely well, and being aware. I wasn't happy with it, to be honest."

Maddon did not have a chance to address the matter with Jackson on Wednesday but planned to talk to the right-hander about it. What also was troubling was Jackson's outing. He gave up eight runs on nine hits over 1 2/3 innings in relief against the A's.

"To me, it's about approach and the mixing of his pitches," Maddon said. "Two games before [Tuesday], I thought he did a nice job of that. [Tuesday] was much more predictable. I think that speaks to preparation. When you get there and all of a sudden you're supposed to start and you get there in the second inning, what does that do to your prep work?"

Jackson said it was the first time he ever got lost in 12 seasons in the big leagues.

"I believe that will never happen again, because he's a great kid -- he's not a good kid, he's a great kid, he's awesome and I love the guy, but that can't happen," Maddon said.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.