CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop’s car was stolen Wednesday before the team’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, but it didn’t stop him from picking up a huge save at Wrigley Field.
Strop’s car, a 2018 Hyundai Genesis G90, was taken early Wednesday morning from his garage in the 300 block East Ohio Street. He also said that the car was later involved in a police pursuit.
He was working with police on the theft when he informed them that he might have to pitch in the game later that evening.
Pedro Strop has 16 saves the past two seasons, including his third of 2019 in a 7-6 win over the Dodgers Wednesday. But it might be fair to say it never came under circumstances as they did on that night.
It didn’t seem to bother the pitcher, who eventually arrived at Wrigley and took the mound in the ninth inning to protect a one-run lead. While he did walk Los Angeles’ Max Muncy to start the inning, he then struck out Enrique Hernandez then got Justin Turner to ground into a double play to end the game.
Chicago police were able to find his car prior to game time. An officer tried to pull over a driver in the 7100 block of South State Street, but they took off. The car was then found unoccupied and damaged from a crash in the 7100 block of South Vincennes Avenue just after 2:30 p.m.
Police said they have some surveillance video of the theft, so that should give police some leads in the case.
In nine games this season, Strop has three saves with a 3.52 ERA, striking out seven batters while walking just two. But none of those previous eight appearances came after the circumstances which he faced on Wednesday.