The Chicago Cubs won another wild game on Friday, coming back for the 36th time this season to defeat the Washington Nationals 3-2 at Wrigley Field. A sold out crowd saw the Cubs come back in the seventh inning, but manager Joe Maddon didn’t after he was ejected earlier in the inning and boy did he get his money’s worth on this one.
After Jason Heyward tied the game at two with a two-run single in the sixth, the Cubs were once again threatening to score in the seventh. Kyle Schwarber leadoff with a single and then Willson Contreras tried to bunt for a hit. Anthony Rendon made a nice play to field the ball, but his throw to first base was wide, which put Schwarber at third and Contreras at second with nobody out.
One problem, umpire Bill Miller called Contreras out on an interference call, forcing Schwarber to go back to first base. Obviously a huge call in that situation and Maddon was irate, arguing against the ruling, leading to his eventual ejection.
It was a good one by Joe.
So, Maddon was tossed, but the Cubs eventually rallied, singling two more times before Anthony Rizzo walked for the third time, this one proving to be the game-winner with the bases loaded.
Now, that’s a good leadoff man.