Rapid Reaction: Cubs 12, Brewers 11
How it happened: The Cubs' offense finally showed up, as they jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. However, starter Brooks Raley, who was making his last start of the season due to an innings limit, couldn't keep his team on top. The Brewers exploded for five runs in the third, highlighted by a grand slam by catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who drove in seven runs on the day. Ryan Braun added a monster two-run home run in the fourth that hit off the camera well in center field. But after falling behind 9-3, the Cubs' offense had a big inning of its own with six runs in the sixth, capped off by Brett Jackson's two-RBI double to tie it at nine, his second two-bagger of the inning. Cody Ransom quickly put the Brewers back on top, as he homered to lead off the top of the seventh, giving Milwauke a 10-9 lead. The Brewers would tack on another run, but the three-run ninth, capped off by Alfonso Soriano's walk-off single, gave the Cubs a 12-11 comeback victory.
What it means: Prior to the game, Sveum said Raley was a candidate for the 2013 rotation, but if his short stint in the majors is any indication, Raley has much to improve upon to be a major-league caliber starting pitcher. After his four inning, seven run outing on Thursday, Raley finishes the season with an 8.14 ERA with 16 strikeouts and 11 walks in 24 1/3 innings.
Outside the box: Raley allowed two more home runs on the day, bringing his season total to seven for an astonishing 2.6 HR/9. The Cubs entered the day dead last in the NL with 328 walks taken. However, on Thursday, they drew 11 free passes, surpassing their previous season high of seven, which they accomplished six times.