Rapid Reaction: Rays 4, Cubs 3 (10)

August, 8, 2014
Rogers By Jesse Rogers


CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Friday afternoon. Here’s a quick look at the game.

How it happened: Kevin Kiermaier drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th as Cubs pitcher Hector Rondon gave up three straight hits. Ryan Sweeney tied the score 3-3 with a ninth-inning single to drive in Justin Ruggiano from second base. The Rays scored runs in the seventh and eighth innings to tie the game and then take their first lead after the Cubs led 1-0 and 2-1. Javier Baez singled in his first at-bat at home and eventually scored on a Starlin Castro RBI single. The Rays tied the score 1-1 on a Desmond Jennings home run in the third inning, but the Cubs regained the lead in the fourth when pitcher Chris Archer botched a throw to second, leading to a John Baker RBI single. Sean Rodriguez scored on a groundout after tripling to open the seventh, then pinch-hitter Matt Joyce drove in Ben Zobrist to put the Rays ahead in the eighth.

What it means: The Cubs got a glimpse of the good and bad of their young players when Baez, Anthony Rizzo and Castro all had hits in the first inning but then failed to move Chris Coghlan off second base after he doubled to open the eighth. Still, the future looks bright as there was a buzz in the building for Baez’s debut game at home. That buzz has been missing at Wrigley for quite some time.

Baez Wrigley debut: Baez started out well enough, with a broken-bat single in the first inning after a nice cheer and semi-standing ovation from the crowd. He eventually came around to score, but things didn’t go well after that. He struck out his next four times at the plate, including in the eighth inning with the tying run on second base and none out.

What’s next: Edwin Jackson (6-11, 5.66) takes on Jake Odorizzi (7-9, 4.09) in Game 2 of the series Saturday afternoon.

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Chicago Cubs beat reporter
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.



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Starlin Castro
.292 14 65 58
HRA. Rizzo 32
RBIA. Rizzo 78
RA. Rizzo 89
OPSA. Rizzo .913
WJ. Arrieta 10
ERAT. Wood 5.03
SOJ. Arrieta 167