Trailing 6-4 in the bottom of the ninth, the Cubs got a two-run home run from rookie David Bote followed by a solo home run from Anthony Rizzo to come from behind and walk off winners against the Diamondbacks at home on Thursday afternoon. D-Backs closer Brad Boxberger was victimized by both hitters, earning his fifth blown save on the year.
Bote went 2-for-4 on the afternoon. He’s now batting .326/.421/.522 with two home runs, 11 RBI, and nine runs scored in 57 plate appearances this season.
Rizzo finished 3-for-5 and is now hitting .261/.362/.428 with 13 home runs, 67 RBI, and 41 runs scored in 412 PA.
With the win, the 60-42 Cubs extend their lead over the second-place Brewers to three games in the NL Central. The Cubs will open up a short road series with the Cardinals over the weekend followed by two games in Pittsburgh against the Pirates.
ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.
After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.
As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.
The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.
Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.
Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.