Cubs win on grand slam in 9th

Cubs win on grand slam in 9th

With the exception of the ninth inning, in which the two clubs combined for six runs, offense certainly was not much of a factor in the battle of veteran workhorses Scherzer and Cole Hamels.

The only hit he allowed was Daniel Murphy's single in the second to put runners on first and third.

Madson (2-5) came in with a 3-0 lead to start the ninth and quickly ran into trouble. Zimmerman then scored on a sacrifice fly by Mark Reynolds. The three-time Cy Young Award victor struck out 11 and walked one.


A pennant race has no official starting date, but this week's two-game mini-series at Wrigley Field between the Cubs and Brewers seems like a logical place to kick things off. With one out, Jason Heyward beat out a dribbler for an infield single.

Instead, the Washington Nationals ace left the Windy City with an L after Cubs' pinch hitter David Bote crushed a walk-off grand slam off reliever Ryan Madson with two outs in the ninth to lift Chicago to a 4-3 victory on Sunday night. Madson then retired Kyle Schwarber on a foul pop before hitting Contreras to load the bases. That was nary a worry, however, as he blasted a stunning walk-off grand slam to give the Cubs the 4-3 victory.

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