Despite his batters striking out 44 times in the three-game weekend series against Tampa Bay, Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Monday he felt the approaches were good.
"I thought we had some ground-out at-bats," he said. "Again, when you get a pitching staff … they have good pitching. At the time it may seem like approaches aren't very good, but you've got to tip your cap to the opposition's, too."
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While all that striking out was going on, Cubs batters walked only twice. Again, Renteria credited the Rays' pitchers.
"They were attacking the zone," he said. "Guys had a lot of movement. It's not an easy thing to hit a moving baseball at the big-league level. All in all, I think they'll continue to learn from it.
"I still think even with (Rays pitcher Alex) Cobb, we kind of drove his pitch count up a little bit more so than I've seen in the past with the other clubs. The good comes with the bad."
The Cubs entered Monday with their batters having the second-most strikeouts in the National League, at 1,016. The Marlins led with 1,056. In walks drawn, Cubs batters ranked 10th, with 322. The Cubs' on-base percentage of .301 was 14th in the 15-team NL.
Doubront to Des Moines:
Left-handed pitcher Felix Doubront will make his first rehab start Tuesday for Class AAA Iowa. Doubront is on the disabled list with a strained left calf. The Cubs obtained him from Boston on July 30.
Right-handed reliever Brian Schlitter is headed to Arizona to recover from the right-shoulder inflammation that landed him on the DL Sunday.
Mike Olt, demoted to Iowa on July 22, hit his fifth home run of the season Sunday in a 10-2 victory at Oklahoma City. It was Olt's fifth homer for Iowa and his third in two days. He entered Monday with 12 RBI in his last six games.
Third-base prospect Kris Bryant was 1-for-3 with 2 walks, 2 runs and his 40th RBI. He entered Monday with at least 1 hit and 1 run in 13 straight games.
Northwestern product Eric Jokisch got the win, working 6⅔ innings and giving up 9 hits and 2 runs. Jokisch is 9-8 with a 3.54 ERA.
Shortstop Elliot Soto, a graduate of Dundee-Crown High School, hit his first home run of the year and the third of his minor-league career.