It was a 1:20 game on July 26 at Wrigley Field. The Cubs hosted the Diamondbacks, with Tyler Chatwood taking the mound for the Cubs and Zack Godley for Arizona. It was Anthony Rizzo’s 1,000th career MLB game. He would celebrate in style.
A Kyle Schwarber RBI single put the Cubs on top 1-0 in the second inning, but former Cub Alex Avila hit a two-run home run in the top of the fourth, making it 2-1 through four. Tyler Chatwood’s control problems would get the best of him in the fifth, however.
Paul Goldschmidt walked. A.J. Pollock walked. Steven Souza grounded into a double play, but then Ketel Marte walked and that was it for Chatwood. Brian Duensing couldn’t put out the fire. He walked the first batter he faced and Nick Ahmed hit a grand slam to make it 6-1 Diamondbacks.
Chatwood finished with five hits, four runs and six walks in 4 2/3 innings. It was his 11th start (out of 19) with at least five walks, and it was the last straw. He was removed from the rotation after this start.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Cubs got two runs back by stringing together three singles and a reach via error. The following inning, Kyle Schwarber came around to score after a double and two wild pitches. It was 6-4 Arizona, and that’s where it stood until the bottom of the ninth.
Ben Zobrist, pinch-hitting for Eddie Butler, drew a leadoff walk against closer Brad Boxberger. Javier Báez lined out to bring up David Bote, who deposited an 0-2 offering into the stands in left-center to tie the game.
Anthony Rizzo had a chance to be a hero in his 1,000th career MLB game and he delivered with a walkoff home run. It traveled 453 feet – which would end up as the second longest Cubs home run of the season. Ballgame.
The Cubs hit back-to-back home runs to walk off a game for the first time for the first time since Sammy Sosa and Moisés Alou & Sammy Sosa did it on April 16, 2004. Rizzo became the first player to hit a walkoff home run in his 1,000th career game since Wally Pipp of the Yankees on April 24, 1922.
At the end of the day, the Cubs were 60-42, 2.5 games up in the NL Central.