Cubs fall 3-2 to the Rays
The Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays played their first game against each other ever and it was the Rays taking the 1-0 series lead with a 3-2 victory on Tuesday night.Â The Cubs offense struggled until the late innings when they attempted a comeback but they still came up short by one run.
Reed Johnson almost tied the game in the ninth inning when he bunted with Kosuke Fukudome on third base with two outs in the inning.Â Johnson laid down a very good bunt however Evan Longoria was able to bare hand the ball and make a bouncing throw to first base where Willy Aybar was able to dig it and hold on for the third out.
Earlier in the ninth inning Mark DeRosa scored on a passed ball.Â DeRosa singled with one out in the ninth inning and then moved to third base on a double by pitch hitter Fukudome.Â Fukudome also had a chance to score on a passed ball but he choose to stay at third base as the ball bounced to the Rays catcher pretty quickly.
Neal Cotts took the loss for the Cubs and is now 0-1 on the season.Â Cotts gave up a home run to Longoria and then a rbi single to Eric Hinske in the seventh inning.Â Starting pitcher Ryan Dempster pitched the first five innings for the Cubs.Â Dempster gave up six hits but only one run which came on a home run.
The Cubbies will try to get back on track on Wednesday as Big Z takes the mounds.Â I like the Cubs chances at evening the series at 1-1.Â What do you all think?