Chicago Cubs News: Cubs walk-off on wild pitch in 9th

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 16: Javier Baez
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 16: Javier Baez /

The Chicago Cubs watched a five-run lead disappear, but a lead off double from Javier Baez got the Cubs started in the ninth. He would come across to score on a wild pitch from Blake Wood for the game winner.

The Chicago CubsJohn Lackey didn’t look like he was going to pick up his sixth win in a row at first. The Cincinnati Reds loaded the bases in the first, but managed to only push across one run in the first. The Cubs, on the other hand, did the same thing. And Anthony Rizzo cleared them off with a grand slam to put the Cubs up 4-1. After the bullpen sputtered and allowed the Reds to tie the game, the bottom of the order was able to save the day.

Javier Baez led off the inning with a double and eventually moved over to third after a walk and fielders choice by Ben Zobrist. After an Albert Almora strikeout, it was up to Kris Bryant. But on the first pitch, Wood spiked a curveball into the dirt and it got away from Tucker Barnhardt allowing Baez to come across with the winning run in a 7-6 victory.

Cubs’ outfielder Kyle Schwarber threw out another runner at the plate last night, the second time in three games he’s done that. While he’s not always taking the best routes or making all the plays, he’s getting the job done. For those of you who say he’s terrible? The fact is, he isn’t. Even the metrics wouldn’t agree with that assessment. With barely a full year in the outfield, it might not always be great–but Schwarber actually is making strides in the field.

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