#NewMoney David Bote had a career high 7 RBI
CHICAGO- There is no money like new money and when David Bote signed his 5 year/$15 million deal at the beginning of the season, he became just that, #NewMoney.
Bote put his money where his bat is Wednesday evening going 4-4 with a career high 7 RBI's (Hall Of Famer Ryne Sandberg was the last Cubs second baseman to have 7 RBI in a game). The Cubs needed every bit of it as they held off the Colorado Rockies 9-8 in a very foggy night at Wrigley Field. Bote gave the credit to his teammates for keeping the train moving. "I just happened to be the one to get the mistakes. Everybody up and down the lineup really kept the pressure on the pitchers keeping men on base."
Manager Joe Maddon said Bote has "befriended the other side of the field' & has a more "handsy approach" in the box which has led to better results. He had a recent streak where he hit safely in 8 straight starts batting .407 (11-27). "
Yu Darvish went 5.1 IP giving up 3 hits & 3 runs (2 earned) 3 walks & 5 strikeouts on 95 pitches. It was Darvish's first outing going less than 6 inning's pitched since May 15th versus Cincinnati. Brandon Kintzler picked up the win and Steve Cishek got his second save of the season.
Oh yeah...the Cubs reached an agreement on a multiyear deal with closer Craig Kimbrel (3 year/$43 million) to add some much needed depth to a bullpen that's struggled this season.
FINAL SCORE- Cubs 9 Col 8
SUMMARY- Rockies starter German Marquez held the Cubs scoreless and faced the minimum through 4 innings but after back 2 back singles from #ILLWILL Willson Contreras & #JHey Jason Heyward...#NewMoney David Bote smacked a 3 run BOMB (his 7th of the year) in the bottom of 5 & the Cubs took a 3-0 lead. The Rockies came right back with a 3 piece spicy of their own on a Nolan Arenado RBI single, a Daniel Murphy fielders choice/E3 RBI & a Ryan McMahon RBI single to tie the game at 3. Chicago got right back on the board in the bottom of 6 as #BamBam Kyle Schwarber led off with a double. #TheNatural Kris Bryant was hit by a pitch & #BigFolks Anthony Rizzo's RBI single drove Schwarber in to make it 4-3 Cubs. #CarGo Carlos Gonzalez walked & Contreras was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded...Bryant scored to give the Cubs a 5-3 lead. Bote opened the flood gates with a 2 out bases clearing double giving him a career high 6 RBI & extending the Cubs lead to 8-3. Colorado didn't roll over and die as they scored 4 in the top of 7 off of Cubs reliever Brad Brach on a Trevor Story RBI single, a David Dahl 2 RBI triple & an Arenado sac fly RBI to cut the deficit to 1. The crowd chanted "BOTE BOTE BOTE BOTE" as he added to his career high RBI in a game...he made it 7 with an RBI single in the bottom of 8 to give the Cubs a 9-7 lead and some insurance! That extra run came in handy as a Dahl RBI single in the top of 9 made it 9-8 Cubs. Steve Cishek settled down and retired Arenado, Murphy & McMahon to end the game.
PLAYER(S) OF THE GAME- David Bote...he was 4-4 with a career high 7 RBI
PLAY OF THE GAME- Steve Cishek getting Arenado to pop out then striking out Murphy & McMahon in the top of 9
QUOTE OF THE GAME- "The fog was crazy...I was looking for Stephen King in the stands tonight." - Joe Maddon on the weather conditions
NEXT GAME- 6/6/19 v COL
Jose Quintana (4-4) v Jon Gray (5-4)
*The Cubs have eight former first round selections on their roster with four of their own in Javier Baez (2011), Albert Almora Jr. (2012), Kris Bryant (2013) & Kyle Schwarber (2014). Others include Cole Hamels (2002 Philadelphia), Jason Heyward (2007 Atlanta), Mike Montgomery (2007 Kansas City) & Addison Russell (2012 Oakland)