Chicago Cubs: Tyler Chatwood shines while David Bote plays hero

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Chicago Cubs: A dominant showing from start to finish

Chatwood surrendered a leadoff single to Adam Jones in the top of the second inning but worked around it without any damage. Following that single, the Chicago hurler retired the next 10 batters in a row. He walked Ketel Marte in the top of the fifth inning but erased him quickly as he got Nick Ahmed to ground into an inning-ending double play.

On the day, Chatwood pitched six stellar, shutout innings, facing just two batters over the minimum. He allowed two hits, both of which were singles and two walks, both of which were promptly erased via the double play. He only struck out three batters in the outing but showed great control, throwing first-pitch strikes to 12 of the 19 batters he faced.

Chatwood certainly pitched well enough to earn his first win of the year but it wasn’t in the cards. With a 1-0 lead and one out in the top of the ninth inning, Pedro Strop surrendered a solo home run to Jarrod Dyson to tie the game. That blast marked just his 17th career home run in his 10 years in the big leagues. With one swing of the bat Strop blew the save, Chatwood lost a win and the Cubs’ shutout was gone. The game wasn’t over though.

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