Chicago Cubs Score and Recap (3/9/21): Cubs 9, A’s 8 F/7 – Cubs Slam A’s in Walk-Off Win
The Cubs took on the A’s at a sun-splashed Sloan Park Tuesday afternoon as new additions Trevor Williams, Eric Sogard, and Joc Pederson all contributed to Chicago’s cause. Oakland pulled ahead in the late-inning bullpen battle but the Cubs had the last laugh. (Box score)
Why the Cubs Won
They staged a four-run rally in the bottom the 7th inning to win it.
Rafael Ortega crushed a game-winning grand slam against Nik Turley for the ultimate walk-off homer.
Stats That Matter
- Williams was solid: 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 K, and 1 BB. His fastball was touching 93 miles per hour on the stadium gun.
- Pederson doubled and blasted his third home run of the spring.
- Sogard had a run-scoring single in his first at-bat of the year.
- Craig Kimbrel allowed a solo homer but he limited damage on a couple other hard-hit balls.
Pederson has been a nice fit so far in camp, so perhaps his hot start will translate to the regular season.
The Cubs head to Scottsdale to play the Giants Wednesday at 2:05pm CT.