Rapid Reaction: Cubs 3, Rays 2 (12)

August, 10, 2014
Aug 10
5:44
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Sunday in 12 innings, avoiding the sweep. Here’s a quick look at the game.


How it happened: Anthony Rizzo drove one to the wall to bring home Ryan Sweeney with the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning. A Javier Baez throwing error on a tough bare-hand play scored the first run of the game in the fifth inning, but the Cubs quickly tied it when Baez drove in Travis Wood in the bottom of the inning. The Rays re-took the lead in the seventh as Desmond Jennings doubled home a run off of Neil Ramirez, who was just activated from the disabled list. But again the Cubs responded when Ryan Sweeney hit a two-out double and Chris Coghlan followed with a triple to tie the game 2-2. Wood and fellow starter Alex Cobb gave up just 10 hits combined over the 12 innings they pitched.

What it means: After a decent showing on the road the Cubs offense mostly went into hibernation against the Rays, but they still managed one win. They scored a total of six runs in the three games, including two that went extra innings. Baseball may be more accepting of strikeouts these days, but the Cubs took it to another level, fanning 32 times in the final two games alone. It's the first time they have struck out 15+ times in consecutive games in the modern era (since 1900), according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The weekend was a reminder the Cubs offense is far from complete and will eventually need to manufacture runs when balls aren’t leaving the yard.

Baez looked better in each game of the series, working counts and battling. He was 2-for-6 on Sunday, including reaching on a dropped third strike in the 12th.

The Cubs played their sixth extra inning game in their last 12.

What’s next: The Cubs continue the homestand when the Milwaukee Brewers come to town for four games, starting on Monday night when Jake Arrieta (6-3, 2.80) takes on Yovani Gallardo (6-6, 3.54)

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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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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Starlin Castro
BA HR RBI R
.292 14 65 58
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Rizzo 32
RBIA. Rizzo 78
RA. Rizzo 89
OPSA. Rizzo .913
WJ. Arrieta 10
ERAT. Wood 5.03
SOJ. Arrieta 167