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Down three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning with the bases loaded, Bote came to the plate as a pinch-hitter and crushed a walk-off grand slam to give the Cubs a 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals:
According to Mark Simon of Sports Info Solutions, it’s been 39 years since a pinch-hitter hit a grand slam in this situation.
The 25-year-old finally got a chance at the major league level this season and has been on a tear, now hitting .329 with three home runs in 34 games. Regardless of what he does going forward, though, this is a moment that he will likely always remember.
Meanwhile, Max Scherzer was preparing for his league-leading 16th win of the season after pitching seven shutout innings, but Ryan Madson couldn’t close it out as the Cubs fought back in dramatic fashion.