The Cubs took 2 out of 3 versus the Reds at Wrigley on Sunday, winning 6-5 in extras thanks to David Bote’s walk-off walk.
Javy Baez: 2 for 5, 2 RBI
Ian Happ: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB
Albert Almora: 2 for 5, 1 R
Addison Russell: 1 for 5, 3 RBI
David Bote: 1 for 1, 1 RBI, 1 BB
How it Happened
The Cubs scored first in the game, as Addison Russell stole the show early. Russell knocked in two runs on a double to deep right center. After the Reds put three runs on the board following the double, Russell came through again. He grounded into a fielder’s choice scoring Kyle Schwarber, tying the game 3-3. The Reds took back the lead in the fifth, but the Cubs prevailed.
Javy Baez singled to shallow center in the 7th, knocking in two runs as the Cubs led 5-4. Unfortunately, Brandon Morrow couldn’t close out ninth, giving up a solo homer to Adam Duvall. That tied it up 5-5, forcing extra innings. The Cubs from there took over and won the game.
Willson Contreras and Ian Happ were each walked, while Addison Russell was safe at first on an error, loading the bases in the 10th. Rookie David Bote came to the plate and delivered. Bote took a 6-pitch walk-off walk, and the Cubs won 6-5 in exciting fashion.
One Great Moment
David Bote is sticking around. Most rookies swing at a high fastball on a 3-2 pitch, Bote didn’t. He came through with a great eye forcing the walk-off walk to seal the Cubs victory. Bote may only be a rookie, but his plate patience is something to obsess over. He’s not going back down to the minors. Just check out this clutch walk from Bote:
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 8, 2018
The Cubs improve to 51-36 this year, now just 1.5 games behind Milwaukee.
Kyle Hendricks opens the road series against San Francisco on Monday at 9:15 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago and 670 The Score.