Bote hits grand slam to give Cubs win over Nationals

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2018

Madson then retired Kyle Schwarber on a foul pop before hitting Contreras to load the bases, but Bote drove a 2-2 pitch well beyond the center-field wall.

Before meeting the rookie, before ever seeing him play, Chicago Cubs third base coach Brian Butterfield was an unabashed David Bote fan.

"It's magical", he said. It couldn't happen to a better team, a better group of people in that clubhouse. But they managed to take two of three in the first meeting between these teams since Chicago won the NL Division Series past year. Just trying to fight through it. "So I'll lose basically position, control over the ball". Laureano snared the ball and fired a ideal throw to first baseman Mark Canha, who doubled Young off the base and brought the inning to a close.

Rany Jazayerli, who contributes to The Athletic, called Bote's blast a "Golden Homer," because it was a walk-off grand slam with his team trailing by three runs and down to its last strike. "I was shocked. It's kind of like I just caught it and I'm like, 'Damn, I'm the only one that has a shot I guess, ' so I just threw it". "The speed is still pretty good, but the accuracy is not good", Madson said, revealing an injury that helps explain his two-thirds of an inning and four runs allowed.

Stats by Stats noted that the last Cubs player to hit a walkoff grand slam for the team's first runs of the game was Ron Santo, who did it on September 25, 1968.

The Nationals did not get another hit until Trea Turner tripled against Brandon Kintzler in the ninth.

ESPN analyst and Cubs fan Michael Wilbon had to express his displeasure about the absurd ranking.

Rodriguez, who took two questions from reporters before sprinting away, seemed to have no regrets. He has not pitched since July 6.

Cubs: Send LHP José Quintana (10-8, 4.28) to the mound when they open a two-game series against Milwaukee on Tuesday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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