Video: Jason Heyward hits a walk-off grand slam against the Phillies


Wednesday night’s game against the Phillies wasn’t going so well for the Cubs. Starter Jose Quintana pitched well, but exited with two runners on base and two outs in the top of the sixth inning with his team leading 3-0. Steve Cishek, who relieved Quintana, served up a game-tying three-run home run to Aaron Altherr on the first pitch he threw. The Phillies then broke the 3-3 tie in the top of the ninth when Dylan Cozens ripped an opposite-field two-run homer for his first dinger at the big league level.

Seranthony Dominguez, who pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth and drew a walk in the top of the ninth, came back out for the bottom half of the ninth. He entered the evening not having experienced any adversity in the majors since debuting on May 7, giving up no runs on two hits with no walks and 16 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings. The Cubs finally got to Dominguez as Kyle Schwarber drew a four-pitch walk to begin the frame and Albert Almora hit a line drive single to center field with one out.

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler chose to bring in lefty Adam Morgan to see his way out of trouble. However, he walked Ian Happ to load the bases. He saw light at the end of the double, getting Ben Zobrist to ground into a 1-2 force out at home plate, bringing up Jason Heyward for the dreaded lefty-on-lefty matchup. In his career, Heyward had a .642 OPS against lefties compared to .801 against righties. So of course Heyward hit a two-out, walk-off grand slam to give the Cubs the 7-5 victory.

As Christopher Kamka of NBC Sports Chicago notes, Heyward is the first player to hit a walk-off grand slam when his team was trailing since Ron Santo on September 25, 1968.

Yankees, Astros lineups for ALCS Game 6

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Things haven’t gone quite according to plan for the Astros, who missed the opportunity to clinch the American League Championship Series after losing 4-1 to the Yankees in Game 5 on Friday. Still just one win away from a World Series invitation, they’ll try their luck again on Saturday night.

Neither lineup has been significantly altered for Game 6. The Yankees will try to push the series to a final Game 7 with right-hander Chad Green, backed by this configuration:

1. DJ LeMahieu (R) 1B
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF
3. Gleyber Torres (R) 2B
4. Aaron Hicks (S) CF
5. Edwin Encarnación (R) DH
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS
7. Gary Sánchez (R) C
8. Gio Urshela (R) 3B
9. Brett Gardner (L) LF

The Astros, meanwhile, will send Brad Peacock to the mound in what figures to be a bullpen game for both sides, marking the righty’s first official postseason start since the 2017 ALDS. Martín Maldonado is back in the lineup, as is Josh Reddick, while both Robinson Chirinos and Jack Marisnick will be available off the bench.

1. George Springer (R) CF
2. José Altuve (R) 2B
3. Michael Brantley (L) LF
4. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
5. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
6. Carlos Correa (R) SS
7. Yordan Álvarez (L) DH
8. Martín Maldonado (R) C
9. Josh Reddick (L) RF

Starting tonight, the ALCS returns to Houston for Game 6 and a potential Game 7. Game time is set for 8:08 PM EDT.