CHICAGO – In something more synonymous with the NFL team in Chicago and not the baseball team on the north side, mother nature provided her own eerie atmosphere to the “Friendly Confines.”
Fog started rolling into the park and stayed for most of the Cubs’ game against the Rockies on Wednesday night. It provided a unique setting for June baseball game, and was the perfect metaphor for what was going on with the game and behind the scenes at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs’ bullpen got a major boost early in their game with the Rockies, when reports surfaced that the team has signed closer Craig Kimbrel to a three-year, $43 million deal.
On the field, the Cubs were in an active contest with the Rockies where a three-run and four-run lead were not nearly enough to bring home the victory.
Luckily, David Bote was there to provide clarity on this foggy night.
The second baseman knocked in a career-high seven RBI on the evening, providing the bulk of the offense in a wild 9-8 Cubs’ victory. Bote fell a triple short of the cycle, collecting a homer, double, and two singles in his four at-bats to give the team their third-straight victory.
Bote kicked off the scoring a little later than one would think with 17 combined runs – hitting a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning. Yu Darvish had a shutout going into the sixth but ran into trouble when allowing a walk, double, then a single to Nolan Arenado that chased him from the game. Kyle Ryan would surrender two more runs in the inning, one on a throwing error by Anthony Rizzo and the other on a single by Ryan McMahon to tie it at three.
Rizzo got the lead back with an RBI single of his own in the bottom half of the inning, and after another run came in when Willson Contreras was hit with the bases loaded, Bote blew the game back open with a three-run double to make it 8-3.
Colorado rallied again to get within one, but Bote got the lead back to two with another RBI single to make it 9-7. Steve Cishek allowed a run in the bottom of the ninth, but collected himself to get his sixth save of the season.
Yet the star was Bote, the inspirational story of 2018, who continues to flourish in 2019. He’s batting .289 with seven homers and 30 RBI this season as he continues to be an effective spot starter and reserve player. Plus he still has a flair for the dramatic, having delivered the fourth walk-off hit of his career in a victory over the Diamondbacks on April 21st.
A few of those moments have been dubbed “David Bote Games.” Even without the theatrics of those contests, you could certainly say the same about a foggy night at Wrigley Field on Wednesday.