Jason Heyward and the Cubs did the unthinkable. Down 5-3 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Cubs loaded the bases for Heyward to come up and bat. Heyward was in a 2-2 count before the fifth pitch of his at-bat. A four-seamer near the left corner of the plate, Heyward crushed it into the right-field bleachers for a walk-off grand slam that sent the Cubs to a 7-5 victory on Wednesday.
Jason Heyward: 1 for 5, HR, 1 R, 4 RBI
Willson Contreras: 2 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Anthony Rizzo: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Jose Quintana: 5 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO
How it Happened
Everything started out great for the Cubs with Anthony Rizzo’s one-run homer in the second that put them up 1-0 early. Willson Contreras and Javy Baez added to the Cubs lead with an RBI single and sac fly that put the Cubs up 3-0 in the fourth. Then came the bad news in the sixth inning when Steve Cishek came in to relieve Jose Quintana, Cishek gave up a three-run home run that tied the game 3-3. Then in the ninth, Brandon Morrow gave up a two-run homer that put the Phillies in the lead, but the Cubs weren’t out yet.
In the bottom of the ninth, Kyle Schwarber took a four-pitch walk, Albert Almora hit a single, Ian Happ was issued a walk, and Ben Zobrist hit into a fielder’s choice that loaded the bases for Jason Heyward. Then as you read, Heyward crushed a grand slam that won the game for the Cubs as the entire team met him at home plate for a walk-off celebration. The Cubs completed the comeback after unfortunate relief pitching and won 7-5 miraculously.
One Great Moment
THIS. Jason Heyward’s best play of his Cubs career is our “One Great Moment” of this win.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) June 7, 2018
The Cubs improve to 34-24 this season, now just 1.0 game back of the first place Brewers.
Tyler Chatwood closes out the series against Philadelphia on Thursday at 1:20 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago and 670 The Score.