Chicago Cubs: In a game the Cubs needed, David Bote once again played the hero.
Seems pretty clear that David Bote has the “clutch gene” in him. On the night of August 17th, Bote added another bullet point to his clutch resume in a 5-4 win over the rival St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cubs were going through a pretty ugly skid. They once again were struggling to score and were on a four-game losing streak. In a 60-game season, those streaks are obviously a bigger deal. This evening, the game was the second of a doubleheader, which saw the team fall to the Cards 3-1. Trailing 4-1 in the nightcap in the sixth, it looked like another loss was in the works.
Not so fast. After Willson Contreras doubled in a run to make it 4-2, Bote stepped up with two on and two out. On a 1-0 pitch from Cardinals pitcher Tyler Webb, Bote drove the pitch deep into the centerfield batter’s eye for a go-ahead home run. Ironically it landed in a fairly similar spot as his famous grand slam against the Nationals back in 2018.
The bullpen would step in and shut down the Cardinals, and the Cubs went on to win fairly easy to break the four-game skid.