On Friday, Miguel Montero‘s inclusion on the Cubs’ NLCS roster looked shaky at best.
On Saturday, well, any trace of back pain appeared to vanish with the third pitch out of Joe Blanton‘s glove.
Tied 3-3 in the eighth, with the bases loaded and two outs, Montero squared up Blanton’s slider and lifted it deep to right field for the first go-ahead, pinch-hit grand slam in postseason history.
There have been many awe-inspiring moments of the 2016 postseason so far, but this one takes the cake.
Braves manager Brian Snitker is hoping recently-signed starter Dallas Keuchel will make his season debut on Friday when the Braves open a 10-game road trip with a three-game set against the Nationals, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. For now, the Braves have not officially named a starter for Friday.
After spending seven months as a free agent, Keuchel finally inked a one-year, $13 million contract with the Braves on June 6. He tossed seven shutout innings with nine strikeouts in his first start with Single-A Rome, then gave up three runs on 11 hits across seven innings for Double-A Mississippi on Saturday.
Last year, his final season with the Astros, Keuchel went 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA and a 153/58 K/BB ratio in 204 2/3 innings. The 31-year-old supposedly worried prospective teams due to his declining strikeout rate.
Keuchel is hoping to continue the Braves’ momentum, as the club has won 9 of its last 10 games and is 12-3 overall in June thus far, building up a 2.5-game lead over the Phillies in the NL East.