Chicago Cubs: Bote, babies, and big hits cap wild day

The Chicago Cubs walked-off in a win against the Arizona Diamondbacks

The Chicago Cubs had a little extra ‘hop’ in their step on Sunday, edging out the Arizona Diamondbacks by a ‘hare,’ to win 2-1. Alright, no more Easter puns for the rest of the piece — I promise.

But listen up peeps (ok, last one, I swear), Sunday’s affair at Wrigley Field has a little bit of everything. First, the Cubs got an incredibly solid (but also unexpected) start out of Tyler Chatwood.

Admittedly, fan entered the game not knowing what they would get out of Chatwood, or just how many bases on balls he would issue throughout the game. However, by the 7th inning, after yielding only two hits while striking out three and walking two, fans were wondering why Joe Maddon went to the bullpen after only 71 pitches with a 1-0 lead.

The Cubs held that lead until the 9th inning when closer Pedro Strop gave up a home run to Jarrod Dyson to tie the game.

With such little offense up to that point, extra innings seemed inevitable. But with David Bote due up in the bottom of the 9th, you just never know.

Javy Baez delivered a double to lead off the inning and advanced to third on an error. Wilson Contreras, the next batter up, was hit by a pitch, putting runners at the corners with no outs.

In stepped Bote, whose wife was scheduled to be induced into labor later in the evening. Bote needed just four pitches to slap a single to right field and walk off the Cubs with a 2-1 victory. He then hopped a flight to Colorado to join his wife where he would await the birth of his child.

It was a wild day for Bote and the Cubs, but at least it ended in a much-needed victory.