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Rapid Reaction: Rays 4, Cubs 0

8/9/2014



 

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 on Saturday afternoon. Here’s a quick look at the game.

How it happened: The Rays put up two runs in the fourth and sixth innings while starter Jake Odorizzi was mowing the Cubs down en route to Tampa Bay’s second straight win. Evan Longoria and Yunel Escobar had RBI hits in the fourth and Escobar drove in two more in the sixth. Odorizzi struck out nine while giving up just three hits in six innings of work. Between the first and second innings he struck out five in a row, whiffing Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, Luis Valbuena and Arismendy Alcantara. The Cubs struck out 15 times overall. Edwin Jackson lasted six innings and gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks.

What it means: The strikeout totals are starting to pile up for Baez, who ended a run of six in a row with a sixth-inning double. The Cubs' all-time record is nine consecutive strikeouts. Baez looked to get out of his rut by doubling to cap off a 10-pitch at-bat in the sixth, but he struck out again in the ninth. That's seven strikeouts in the series so far.

The Cubs’ defense hasn’t been great in the first two games of the series, but Alcantara’s play in center field continues to impress. He made a sliding catch of a Kevin Kiermaier ball in the third inning and a diving grab on James Loney in the fourth. Both came with men on base.

Doubront throws: Pitcher Felix Doubront is back throwing as he recovers from a calf strain.

“He continues to progress,” manager Rick Renteria said before the game.

Turner coming: Newly acquired pitcher Jacob Turner is scheduled to join the team Sunday and will more than likely head to the bullpen, though Renteria isn’t certain what the right-hander's role will be yet. The Cubs have not announced whose roster spot he will be taking.

What’s next: The Cubs will try to avoid getting swept with Travis Wood (7-9, 5.08 ERA) scheduled to take the mound against Alex Cobb (7-6, 3.52) Sunday in a 1:20 p.m. CT start.