Down to the final strike, David Bote delivered. Bote delivered big time with a walk-off grand slam as the Cubs stormed the field, beating the Nationals 4-3 on Sunday night.
David Bote: 1 for 1, HR, 1 R, 4 RBI
Albert Almora: 1 for 3, 1 R
Jason Heyward: 1 for 4, 1 R
Cole Hamels: 7.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
How it Happened
Cole Hamels pitched an absolute gem in his first start at Wrigley as a Cub. Hamels dominated over 7.0 innings, allowing just a hit while striking out nine. He was the MVP of the game before David Bote came along in the bottom of the 9th. Down to their final three outs after struggling all night, the Cubs offense came through.
Jason Heyward reached first on an infield single. Albert Almora was hit by the second pitch he saw. With two outs, Willson Contreras took the big pitch that also hit him, loading the bases. On deck waiting was David Bote, pinch-hitting for Justin Wilson. With the bases loaded and a chance to win the game, Bote had his game face on.
In a 2-2 count, the 5th pitch was a fastball low in the zone and Bote unloaded. The Cubs stormed the field as Bote hit a walk-off grand slam to dead center, beating the Nationals 4-3.
One Great Moment
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The Cubs improve to 68-49 this season, back to 3.0 games ahead of Milwaukee.
The Cubs have Monday off before a quick two-game series against the Brewers. It will be key for the Cubs, as they hope to build a larger NL Central lead. Jose Quintana opens things on Tuesday at 1:20 PM CT. The game will be broadcast by NBC Sports Chicago and 670 The Score.